Improving Information Security Management in Nonprofit Organisations with Action Research

Carey-Smith, Mark T., Nelson, Karen J., & May, Lauren J. (2007) Improving Information Security Management in Nonprofit Organisations with Action Research. In Valli, Craig & Woodward, Andrew (Eds.) 5th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 4 December 2007, Perth, Western Australia.


Information security is vital for protecting important assets of organisations, including the information resources and the organisation's reputation. In Australia, the nonprofit sector makes a significant contribution to society but is under represented in the information security literature. This paper describes research in progress that is investigating and improving information security management in some nonprofit organisations (NPOs), which incorporates a participatory action research methodology. This approach will enhance the skill set likely to be present in Australian nonprofit organisations, producing a more sustainable solution, as well as contributing to the open literature. The Technology Acceptance Model will be utilised as a referent model to aid data analysis. This research will directly benefit the nonprofit sector by highlighting the importance and relevance of effective information security management in their organisations. It will inform the policy making process of government actors when devising policy to assist NPOs.

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ID Code: 14346
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Information security, information security management, action research, nonprofit organisations, technology acceptance model
ISBN: 0729806464
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Mark Carey-Smith, Karen Nelson, Lauren May
Copyright Statement: Mark Carey-Smith, Karen Nelson, Lauren May ©2007. The author/s assign SCISSEC & Edith Cowan
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Deposited On: 11 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:36

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