Steven Furnell (School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK)

Information and Computer Security

ISSN: 2056-4961

Publication date: 9 March 2015


Furnell, S. (2015), "Editorial", Information and Computer Security, Vol. 23 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICS-01-2015-0002



Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Article Type: Editorial From: Information & Computer Security, Volume 23, Issue 1

A change of identity

Welcome to our first issue of 2015, which as you may have noticed, brings a small but significant change to our title. We have moved from being Information Management & Computer Security to become Information & Computer Security, which serves to specifically highlight security as the sole focus of the journal.

To give some background to the move, it is worth taking a brief look at the history of the publication. It was originally founded as Information Management & Computer Security in 1993, and for many years, had a dual focus across these topic areas (indeed, with distinct editors for different aspects of the content). However, those familiar with the journal may have noticed a gradual evolution over the past few years, starting with a reduction in the information management content, through to the point where we had already become fully security-focussed. In addition, we have also seen a change of focus in the security coverage itself, with the centre of gravity for our interest now being around submissions that consider the business and organisational aspects of security, and including both human and technical perspectives on the topic. This helps to differentiate our content from publications that are more specifically concerned with underlying mechanisms and functions of security methods (although, at the same time, we will still maintain an interest in covering relevant applications of such technologies).

Information & Computer Security continues to be supported by an extensive and committed Editorial Advisory Board, and the change of name has been made in consultation with them. As we begin our 23rd volume, I think it is also an opportune moment to thank them for the support that they provide in terms of reviewing papers, as well as maintaining (and indeed increasing) the quality of the journal.

In conclusion, I believe that the change of name is a natural next step in reflecting the focus and aspiration of our journal, and I hope that it will assist us in achieving even greater prominence for the work that is published within it.

Steven Furnell

School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK