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Enhancing information security best practices sharing in virtual knowledge communities

Areej Alhogail (Department of Information Systems, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 6 June 2020

Issue publication date: 30 July 2021




Sharing information security best practices between experts via knowledge management systems is valuable for improving information security practices, exchanging expertise, mitigating security risks, spreading knowledge, reducing costs and saving efforts. The purpose of this paper is developing a conceptual model to enhance the transfer of information security best practices between professionals in virtual communities through a Web-based knowledge management system to exchange their successful experience in handling different information security situations.


The model is validated by surveying 17 experts’ reviews on the correctness of the model’s structure and its related components through applying deep rich peer debriefing to test suitability. Quantitative data has been collected to achieve confirmatory results.


The resulting model incorporates five main components that support the formal mechanism for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge: identification, classification, storage, validation and sharing. The success of knowledge sharing is highly dependent on the active collaboration of community members and highly influenced by motivation. Validating transferred knowledge is vital for ensuring the credibility of the system.


To the best of the author’s knowledge, this paper is one of the first to highlight the role of integrating knowledge management to enhance the effective share and reuse of information security best practices knowledge. The research results can support researchers investigating the topic and generate trustworthy literature to guide information security virtual community developers.



Conflict of Interest: The author declares that there is no conflict of interest.


Alhogail, A. (2021), "Enhancing information security best practices sharing in virtual knowledge communities", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 51 No. 4, pp. 550-572.



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