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Securing small business - the role of information technology policy

Batten, Lynn and Castleman, Tanya 2005, Securing small business - the role of information technology policy, in Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Australasian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems, Sydney, N.S.W..

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Title Securing small business - the role of information technology policy
Author(s) Batten, Lynn
Castleman, Tanya
Conference name Australasian Conference on Information Systems (16th : 2005 : Sydney, Australia)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 30 November-2 December 2005
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) Campbell, Bruce
Underwood, Jim
Bunker, Deborah
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Publisher Australasian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) information security
IT policy
small business
SME
eCommerce
Summary As small and medium enterprises develop their capacity to trade  electronically, they and their trading partners stand to gain considerable benefit from the resulting transaction efficiencies and business  relationships. However, this raises the question of how well small business manages its IT security and the threats that security lapses may pose to the wider trading network. It is in the interest of all members of an electronic trading network, as well as governments, to assist smaller companies to secure their business data. This paper considers the relationship between IT security management and IT policy implementation among small  businesses involved in business-to-business eCommerce. It reports the results of a survey of 240 Australian small and medium businesses  operating in a cross-industry environment. The survey found a low level of strategic integration of eCommerce along with inadequate IT security among the respondents, despite the fact that 81% were doing business online and 97% identified their business data as confidential. Businesses which implemented satisfactory levels of security technologies were more likely than others to have an information technology policy within the organisation. The paper proposes a model that outlines the development of security governance and policy implementation for small and medium businesses.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 097584170X
9780975841709
Language eng
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005729

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