Title: Trusted collaborative services for the IT security management of SMEs/mEs

Authors: Theodoros Ntouskas; Dimitrios Papanikas; Nineta Polemi

Addresses: Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli & Dimitriou 80, 185 34 Piraeus, Greece. ' Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli & Dimitriou 80, 185 34 Piraeus, Greece. ' Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Karaoli & Dimitriou 80, 185 34 Piraeus, Greece

Abstract: Although small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs, mEs) play a decisive role in the European digital economy, they have been identified as one of the weakest links in information security. Identifying these security weaknesses and needs, we parameterise our open collaborative environment STORM in order to offer trusted services for SMEs/mEs to self-manage the security of their information and telecommunication (IT) systems.

Keywords: collaboration; IT security management; vulnerability assessment; risk management; SMEs; collaborative services; small and medium-sized enterprises; microenterprises; information security; ICT; trusted services; trust; trustworthiness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESDF.2012.048413

International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2012 Vol.4 No.2/3, pp.124 - 137

Available online: 05 Aug 2012 *

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