Title: An information-centric and proactive approach to Information Security teaching

Authors: William Hutchinson

Addresses: School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, WA 6050, Australia

Abstract: This paper examines an approach to developing an Information Security course based on the expansion of the definition of information rather than one based solely on the security aspects of information technology. The paper argues that the definition of |information| is crucial to the understanding of |information security|. At present, Information Security concentrates mostly on the technological aspects of data, computer and network security. This techno-centric approach ignores the fact that the majority of information within an organisation is derived from other sources than computer stored data. The outcome is that the course is more human centric in its approach.

Keywords: information security; computer security; network security; knowledge management; higher education; graduate education; human-centric; techno-centric; information definition; course design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICS.2007.015498

International Journal of Information and Computer Security, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.369 - 377

Available online: 22 Oct 2007 *

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