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Article
Publication date: 1 December 2003

Kwo‐Shing Hong, Yen‐Ping Chi, Louis R. Chao and Jih‐Hsing Tang

With the popularity of electronic commerce, many organizations are facing unprecedented security challenges. Security techniques and management tools have caught a lot of…

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With the popularity of electronic commerce, many organizations are facing unprecedented security challenges. Security techniques and management tools have caught a lot of attention from both academia and practitioners. However, there is lacking a theoretical framework for information security management. This paper attempts to integrate security policy theory, risk management theory, control and auditing theory, management system theory and contingency theory in order to build a comprehensive theory of information security management (ISM). This paper suggests that an integrated system theory is useful for understanding information security management, explaining information security management strategies, and predicting management outcomes. This theory may lay a solid theoretical foundation for further empirical research and application.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 11 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Publication date: 1 January 1993

H. van de Haar and R. von Solms

Top management is responsible for the wellbeing of theorganization. Most organizations nowadays are dependent totally on theavailability and effectiveness of their…

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Top management is responsible for the wellbeing of the organization. Most organizations nowadays are dependent totally on the availability and effectiveness of their information service resources. For this reason it is imperative that top management gets involved and stays involved in the protection of the information service assets of the organization. This can only be accomplished through a process of continuous information security evaluation and reporting. An information security evaluation and reporting tool, representing the information security status in a concise, clear manner, will help a great deal in ensuring top management involvement. Suggests implementation of an information security management model by means of an evaluation tool. This tool will provide top management with information security status reporting in a clear, non‐technical format.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 1995

Charles Cresson Wood

Introduces a series of contributions on computer security. Beginsby pointing out that information is an organizational asset which needsto be protected. Policies are the…

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Introduces a series of contributions on computer security. Begins by pointing out that information is an organizational asset which needs to be protected. Policies are the primary building blocks for every information security effort. In order to be successful with information security, every organization must have a set of policies which establishes both direction and management support. Discusses the role and function of the information security management specialist within the organization. Finally outlines possible exceptions to information security policies.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 3 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Publication date: 1 August 2002

Clive Vermeulen and Rossouw Von Solms

Because of changes that have taken place in the way that IT is used in organisations, as well as the purposes for which it is used, traditional forms of computer security

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Because of changes that have taken place in the way that IT is used in organisations, as well as the purposes for which it is used, traditional forms of computer security are no longer adequate. Today, information is more important than the IT systems which house it and effective information security management is required to adequately protect this information. The implementation of information security management is, however, a complex process and a methodology for its implementation provided in the form of an interactive software tool, featuring automation of certain steps, would prove valuable to modern organisations.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Book part
Publication date: 9 May 2019

Federico Accerboni and Marco Sartor

In the context of the globalization of markets and free trade, the importance of the Internet in the systems of negotiation, communication, and data exchange grows, which…

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In the context of the globalization of markets and free trade, the importance of the Internet in the systems of negotiation, communication, and data exchange grows, which puts the problem of information security at the forefront. Actions and improvement activities on the management of confidential information are becoming increasingly important in organizations.

However, information is not just stored in computers; information can be on paper, on a disc, and in the minds of those who work for the organization. Information becomes part of the heritage, and it must be preserved throughout its entire life cycle.

Nowadays, the mere use of some information defence technology is no longer enough; therefore, it becomes essential to implement an efficient Information Security Management System (ISMS) to guarantee a competitive advantage compared to competitors. ISO/IEC 27001 standard outlines the structure for implementing an ISMS and helps organizations manage and protect information assets.

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Quality Management: Tools, Methods, and Standards
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-804-8

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Book part
Publication date: 15 September 2022

Ayşen Akbaş Tuna and Zafer Türkmendağ

Cyber management of organizations includes eliminating security gaps, ensuring information confidentiality, and protecting customers' data. In addition, production and…

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Cyber management of organizations includes eliminating security gaps, ensuring information confidentiality, and protecting customers' data. In addition, production and planning, protecting cyber and digital infrastructure are included in the chapter. The chapter deals with these issues in the context of strategy and management. In addition, the conflicts arising from competitors to access the tacit knowledge (confidential information, commercial secrets, commercial relations, customers, and tenders) of the businesses are discussed in the chapter. Cyber conflicts have now turned into a business-to-business war. Businesses have become targets in cyberwars. This chapter, therefore, examines these issues in depth.

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Publication date: 1 March 1993

R. von Solms, S.H. von Solms and W.J. Caelli

Information Security Management consists of various facets, forexample Information Security Policy, Risk Analysis, Risk Management,Contingency Planning and Disaster…

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Information Security Management consists of various facets, for example Information Security Policy, Risk Analysis, Risk Management, Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery which are all interrelated in some way. These interrelationships often cause uncertainty and confusion among top management. Proposes a model for Information Security Management, called an Information Security Management Model (ISM⊃2) and puts all the various facts in context. The model consists of five different levels defined on a security axis. ISM⊃2 introduces the idea of international security criteria or international security standards (baselines). The rationale behind these baselines is to enable information security evaluation according to internationally‐accepted criteria.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 1 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Article
Publication date: 11 December 2018

Claudia Colicchia, Alessandro Creazza and David A. Menachof

The purpose of this paper is to explore how companies approach the management of cyber and information risks in their supply chain, what initiatives they adopt to this…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how companies approach the management of cyber and information risks in their supply chain, what initiatives they adopt to this aim, and to what extent along the supply chain. In fact, the increasing level of connectivity is transforming supply chains, and it creates new opportunities but also new risks in the cyber space. Hence, cyber supply chain risk management (CSCRM) is emerging as a new management construct. The ultimate aim is to help organizations in understanding and improving the CSCRM process and cyber resilience in their supply chains.

Design/methodology/approach

This research relied on a qualitative approach based on a comparative case study analysis involving five large multinational companies with headquarters, or branches, in the UK.

Findings

Results highlight the importance for CSCRM to shift the viewpoint from the traditional focus on companies’ internal information technology (IT) infrastructure, able to “firewall themselves” only, to the whole supply chain with a cross-functional approach; initiatives for CSCRM are mainly adopted to “respond” and “recover” without a well-rounded approach to supply chain resilience for a long-term capacity to adapt to changes according to an evolutionary approach. Initiatives are adopted at a firm/dyadic level, and a network perspective is missing.

Research limitations/implications

This paper extends the current theory on cyber and information risks in supply chains, as a combination of supply chain risk management and resilience, and information risk management. It provides an analysis and classification of cyber and information risks, sources of risks and initiatives to managing them according to a supply chain perspective, along with an investigation of their adoption across the supply chain. It also studies how the concept of resilience has been deployed in the CSCRM process by companies. By laying the first empirical foundations of the subject, this study stimulates further research on the challenges and drivers of initiatives and coordination mechanisms for CSCRM at a supply chain network level.

Practical implications

Results invite companies to break the “silos” of their activities in CSCRM, embracing the whole supply chain network for better resilience. The adoption of IT security initiatives should be combined with organisational ones and extended beyond the dyad. Where applicable, initiatives should be bi-directional to involve supply chain partners, remove the typical isolation in the CSCRM process and leverage the value of information. Decisions on investments in CSCRM should involve also supply chain managers according to a holistic approach.

Originality/value

A supply chain perspective in the existing scientific contributions is missing in the management of cyber and information risk. This is one of the first empirical studies dealing with this interdisciplinary subject, focusing on risks that are now very high in the companies’ agenda, but still overlooked. It contributes to theory on information risk because it addresses cyber and information risks in massively connected supply chains through a holistic approach that includes technology, people and processes at an extended level that goes beyond the dyad.

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Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-8546

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Article
Publication date: 12 March 2018

Rashmi Anand, Sanjay Medhavi, Vivek Soni, Charru Malhotra and D.K. Banwet

Digital India, the flagship programme of Government of India (GoI) originated from National e-Governance Project (NeGP) in the year 2014. The programme has important…

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Purpose

Digital India, the flagship programme of Government of India (GoI) originated from National e-Governance Project (NeGP) in the year 2014. The programme has important aspect of information security and implementation of IT policy which supports e-Governance in a focused approach of Mission Mode. In this context, there is a need to assess situation of the programme which covers a study of initiatives and actions taken by various actor involved and processes which are responsible for overall e-Governance. Therefore, the purpose of this case study is to develop a Situation-Actor-Process (SAP), Learning-Action-Performance (LAP) based inquiry model to synthesize situation of information security governance, IT policy and overall e-Governance.

Design/methodology/approach

In this case study both systematic inquiry and matrices based SAP-LAP models are developed. Actors are classified who are found responsible and engaged in IT policy framing, infrastructure development and also in e-Governance implementation. Based on a synthesis of SAP components, various LAP elements were then synthesized then which further led to learning from the case study. Suitable actions and performance have also been highlighted, followed by a statement of the impact of the efficacy i.e. transformation of information security, policy and e-Governance on the Digital India programme.

Findings

On developing the SAP-LAP framework, it was found that actors like the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the Govt. of India secures a higher rank in implementing various initiatives and central sector schemes to accelerate the agenda of e-Governance. Actions of other preferred actors include more investments in IT infrastructure, policy development and a mechanism to address cyber security threats for effective implementation of e-Governance. It was found that actors should be pro-active on enhancing technical skills, capacity building and imparting education related to ICT applications and e-Governance. Decision making should be based on the sustainable management practices of e-Governance projects implementation to manage change, policy making and the governmental process of the Indian administration and also to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by the Indian economy.

Research limitations/implications

The SAP-LAP synthesis is used to develop the case study. However, few other qualitative and quantitative multi criteria decision making approaches could also be explored for the development of IT security based e-Governance framework in the Indian context.

Practical implications

The synthesis of SAP leads to LAP components which can bridge the gaps between information security, IT policy governance and e-Governance process. Based on the learning from the Situation, it is said that the case study can provide decision making support and has impact on the e-Governance process i.e. may enhance awareness about e-services available to the general public. Such work is required to assess the transparency and accountability on the Government.

Social implications

Learning based on the SAP-LAP framework could provide decision making support to the administrators, policy makers and IT sector stakeholders. Thus, the case study would further help in addressing the research gaps, accelerating e-Governance initiatives and in capturing cyber threats.

Originality/value

The SAP-LAP model is found as an intuitive approach to analyze the present status of information security governance, IT policy and e-Governance in India in a single unitary model.

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Information & Computer Security, vol. 26 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4961

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Article
Publication date: 9 November 2015

Sindhuja P N and Anand S. Kunnathur

This paper aims to discuss the need for management control system for information security management that encapsulates the technical, formal and informal systems. This…

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Purpose

This paper aims to discuss the need for management control system for information security management that encapsulates the technical, formal and informal systems. This motivated the conceptualization of supply chain information security from a management controls perspective. Extant literature on information security mostly focused on technical security and managerial nuances in implementing and enforcing technical security through formal policies and quality standards at an organizational level. However, most of the security mechanisms are difficult to differentiate between businesses, and there is no one common platform to resolve the security issues pertaining to varied organizations in the supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper was conceptualized based on the review of literature pertaining to information security domain.

Findings

This study analyzed the need and importance of having a higher level of control above the already existing levels so as to cover the inter-organizational context. Also, it is suggested to have a management controls perspective for an all-encompassing coverage to the information security discipline in organizations that are in the global supply chain.

Originality/value

This paper have conceptualized the organizational and inter-organizational challenges that need to be addressed in the context of information security management. It would be difficult to contain the issues of information security management with the existing three levels of controls; hence, having a higher level of security control, namely, the management control that can act as an umbrella to the existing domains of security controls was suggested.

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Information & Computer Security, vol. 23 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4961

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