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Mobile information security management for small organisation technology upgrades: the policy-driven approach and the evolving implementation approach
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. (Informationssystem (IS), Information Systems)
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. (Informationssystem (IS), Information Systems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7858-9471
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Mobile Communications, ISSN 1470-949X, E-ISSN 1741-5217, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 598-618Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Information security management researchers are often focused on the information security policy, its implementation and evaluation as the primary means of ensuring that organisations protect their valuable data. However, information security is usually nested with a variety of other concerns (for instance technology upgrades, information access, efficiency and sustainability issues, employee satisfaction), so this policy-driven approach is seldom operated in isolation. We investigate the approach as implied in the mobile information security literature, provide a literature-inspired characterisation and use it to analyse an iPad implementation for politicians in a Swedish municipality. The analysis provides only a partial explanation for security work in this kind of small organisation technology upgrade, so we develop a complementary approach: the evolving implementation approach. A suggestion is made for how the two approaches can be reconciled, and implications for both practitioners and researchers derived.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2020. Vol. 18, no 5, p. 598-618
Keywords [en]
information management, mobile devices, implementation, device strategy, IS management
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-18538DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2020.10023760ISI: 000576967200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-18538DiVA, id: diva2:1442148
Available from: 2020-06-16 Created: 2020-06-16 Last updated: 2020-10-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Managing information security for mobile devices in small and medium-sized enterprises: Information management, Information security management, mobile device
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing information security for mobile devices in small and medium-sized enterprises: Information management, Information security management, mobile device
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The rapid proliferation of mobile devices makes mobile security a weak point in many organisations’ security management. Though there are a number of frameworks and methods available for improving security management, few of these target mobile devices, and most are designed for large organisations. Small and medium size organisations are known to be vulnerable to mobile threats, and often subject to the same legal requirements as larger organisations. However, they typically lack the resources and specialist competences necessary to use the available frameworks.

This thesis describes an Action Design Research project to devise and test a low cost, low learning curve method for improving mobile security management. The project is conducted together with a small Swedish consulting company and evaluated in several other companies. In order to solve the challenge that SMEs faces; three objectives have been set:

1. Identify existing solutions at a strategic level to managing information that is accessible with mobile devices and their suitability for SMEs.

2. Develop a framework to support SMEs to manage information in a secure way on mobile devices.

3. Evaluate the framework in practice.

The results show that simple theoretical models can be integrated with well-known analysis techniques to inform managers and provide practical help for small companies to improve mobile security practice. The most important contribution to both science and practice is a structured approach for managers to deal with mobile devices, or for that matter other technology advances that do not fit into the existing management system. The journey to the final solution also produced several smaller contributions to science, for example insights from C-suites about strategies and work with mobile devices, differences and similarities between CYOD (choose your own device) and BYOD (bring your own device), the role of security policies in organisations, and twelve identified management issues with mobile devices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skövde: University of Skövde, 2020. p. 228
Series
Dissertation Series ; 32
Keywords
Information management, Information security management, mobile device
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-18889 (URN)978-91-984918-4-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-09-11, G109, Högskolevägen 1, Skövde, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2020-08-10 Created: 2020-08-10 Last updated: 2020-08-20Bibliographically approved

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