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Improving Mobile Security Management in SME's: The MSME Framework



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 16, Number 1 (2020)
Pages 4775
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Martin Brodin — University of Skövde, Sweden
Jeremy Rose — University of Skövde, Sweden
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




The rapid proliferation of mobile devices makes mobile security a weak point in many organisations’ security management. Though there are a number of frameworks and methods available for improving security management, few of these target mobile devices, and most are designed for large organisations. Small and medium size organisations are known to be vulnerable to mobile threats, and often subject to the same legal requirements as larger organisations (for example the European General Data Protection Regulation). However they typically lack the resources and specialist competences necessary to use the available commercial frameworks. This article describes an Action Design Research project to devise and test a low cost, low learning curve framework for improving mobile security management. The project is conducted together with a small Swedish consulting company with the pseudonym Novukon. The results show that simple theoretical models can be integrated with well-known analysis techniques to inform managers and provide practical help for small companies to improve mobile security practice. A set of nine design principles are included to guide further research.




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