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Safeguard gaps and their managerial issues

Rua‐Huan Tsaih (Department of Management Information Systems, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Wan‐Ying Lin (Department of Accounting, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Ada Chen (Department of Management Information Systems, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 23 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Targeting the information security issue related to a bank loan process, this study aims to explore an approach that is user‐friendly to non‐information technology managers to be actively participative in the process of investigating the underlying information‐processing infrastructure.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study approach is used to analyze the safeguard gaps between the physical information assets (IAs) of a business process and their digital counterparts.

Findings

This study shows the existence of safeguard gaps between the physical IAs of a business process and their digital counterparts, explores a way of investigating such gaps, and provides (detection‐ and prevention‐oriented) managerial proposals to cope with the safeguard gap issue.

Originality/value

The existence of safeguard gaps releases (warning) signal to executives and executives should consult managers on how to manage these safeguard gaps. There are two types of managerial proposals to cope with the safeguard gap issue. The detection‐oriented proposals aim at ensuring early detection and interception of security breaches;, e.g. setting up a cross‐audit function to discover the security breaches. The prevention‐oriented proposals aim at alleviating the safeguard gaps;, e.g. re‐designing the processes of operation management and the associated risk management.

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Citation

Tsaih, R., Lin, W. and Chen, A. (2008), "Safeguard gaps and their managerial issues", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 108 No. 5, pp. 669-676. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570810876787

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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