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Bridging information security framework for higher learning institutions of Malaysia

Ismail, Zuraini and Masrom, Maslin and Mohamad Sidek, Zailani and Awang Mat Saaid, Ikhwan Zaini (2010) Bridging information security framework for higher learning institutions of Malaysia. In: International Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ICIME 2010), 25-26 Mac 2010, South Africa.

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Information is globally the most important assest for any type of organization irrelevent of its size or even the nature of its business. High Learning Institution (HLIs) are equally receptive and exposed to vulnerabilites. Given the broad range of platforms and applications used among students, faculty, staff, and guests, there are few commonalities that can be leveraged in implementing new physical and logical security controls. And taking into account the sheer volume and variety of users and devices accessing university resources, plus the reality that information technology (IT) has limited visibility into those endpoints, means that deploying and provisioning any new agent-based security controls are difficult at best. HLI IT departments rampantly must balance between enabling a highly collabora tive, non-restrictive environment and at the same time ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and computing resources. Hence, HLIs must be adequately armed with policies, procedures, and st andards in order to encounter vulnerabilities. It is imperative to secure the academic environment. This research aim is essentially to develop a generic Information Security Framework (ISF) for Malaysian Higher Learning Institutions. This paper demonstrates the experience in bridging the timely concerns by discussing the current state of IT security management practices at the targeted HLIs. Subsequently, the study identifies and defines the major components that constitute the conceptual ISF. The research method involves semi-structured interviews with Information Technology (IT) personnel who are involved and responsible for strategizing their own HLI information security framework. Four renowned government supported universities are the unit of analysis. This research further seeks to capture the problems faced in the developing ISF. The result of this study provides an insight on the importance in upholding information security strategies through a framework for diverse users in HLI. Various standards are adopted and adapted by the HLI in structuring their information security framework.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Information security, information security framework, standard information security, implementing strategies
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General) > T58.6-58.62 Management information systems
ID Code:23851
Deposited By: Mrs Liza Porijo
Deposited On:15 Jun 2012 04:01
Last Modified:11 Jul 2017 08:17

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