Understanding security threats in virtual worlds

Lee, Chia Yao 2009, Understanding security threats in virtual worlds, in AMCIS 2009 : The Golden Gate to the future of IS : Proceedings of the 2009 Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS, [San Francisco, Calif], pp. 1-11.

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Title Understanding security threats in virtual worlds
Author(s) Lee, Chia Yao
Conference name Americas Conference on Information Systems (15th : 2009 : San Francisco, California)
Conference location San Francisco, California
Conference dates 6-9 August 2009
Title of proceedings AMCIS 2009 : The Golden Gate to the future of IS : Proceedings of the 2009 Americas Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Americas Conference on Information Systems
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher AMCIS
Place of publication [San Francisco, Calif]
Keyword(s) virtual worlds
security threats
computer ethics
Summary The influx of Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Toyota and Starwood Hotels into the virtual world of Second Life has generated much publicity in 2006 and 2007. The virtual world landscape has changed substantially since. Many early adopters have abandoned virtual worlds, and the number of security-related incidents in virtual worlds has risen substantially. This paper discusses key security threats in virtual worlds, and highlights the need for users and stakeholders to better understand these threats in order to manage them more effectively. The issue of managing security threats in virtual worlds is especially important in ensuring that virtual worlds remain a friendly environment to thriving online communities and ebusiness; and represent an environment whereby the interests of various stakeholders are protected and upheld. The paper contributes to practice and research by (i) raising security awareness among virtual world users and stakeholders, and (ii) prescribing a systematic approach for analyzing the nature and implication of security threats in virtual worlds.
Language eng
Field of Research 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, AMCIS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023105

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