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Impacts of organizational capabilities in information security

Jacqueline H. Hall (Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA)
Shahram Sarkani (Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA)
Thomas A. Mazzuchi (Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA)

Information Management & Computer Security

ISSN: 0968-5227

Article publication date: 19 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to examine the relationship between information security strategy and organization performance, with organizational capabilities as important factors influencing successful implementation of information security strategy and organization performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on existing literature in strategic management and information security, a theoretical model was proposed and validated. A self‐administered survey instrument was developed to collect empirical data. Structural equation modeling was used to test hypotheses and to fit the theoretical model.

Findings

Evidence suggests that organizational capabilities, encompassing the ability to develop high‐quality situational awareness of the current and future threat environment, the ability to possess appropriate means, and the ability to orchestrate the means to respond to information security threats, are positively associated with effective implementation of information security strategy, which in turn positively affects organization performance. However, there is no significant relationship between decision making and information security strategy implementation success.

Research limitations/implications

The study provides a starting point for further research on the role of decision‐making in information security.

Practical implications

Findings are expected to yield practical value for business leaders in understanding the viable predisposition of organizational capabilities in the context of information security, thus enabling firms to focus on acquiring the ones indispensable for improving organization performance.

Originality/value

This study provides the body of knowledge with an empirical analysis of organization's information security capabilities as an aggregation of sense making, decision‐making, asset availability, and operations management constructs.

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Citation

Hall, J.H., Sarkani, S. and Mazzuchi, T.A. (2011), "Impacts of organizational capabilities in information security", Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 155-176. https://doi.org/10.1108/09685221111153546

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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