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E‐security issues and policy development in an information‐sharing and networked environment

Alan D. Smith (Department of Management and Marketing, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. E‐mail:

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



With the rapid growth of e‐commerce, governmental and corporate agencies are taking extra precautions when it comes to protecting information. The development of e‐security as a discipline has enabled organisations to discover a wider array of similarities between attacks occurring across their security environment and develop appropriate countermeasures. To further improve the security of information, there is a need for conceptualising the interrelationships between e‐security and the major elements involved in changing a company's infrastructure. Organisations should act in an ethical manner, especially when it comes to e‐security and e‐privacy policies, procedures, and practices. The consequential theory of utilitarianism is used and applied to a conceptual model to help explain how organisations may develop better secured information in an information‐sharing and globally networked environment.



Smith, A.D. (2004), "E‐security issues and policy development in an information‐sharing and networked environment", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 56 No. 5, pp. 272-285.



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