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Understanding Information Security



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 8, Number 2 (2012)
Pages 318
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Romilla Chowdhuri — Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Gurpreet Dhillon — Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




What might information security be? This is a question that crops up every time there is a security breach or a failure of existing controls. An understanding of information security demands that the nature of information, the scientific inquiry into its mystical nature and the consequent implications for security are reviewed. In this paper we undertake a socio-philosophical review of what information might be and as an extension, what information security should be. This analysis allows us to consider the possible research directions for the evolving field.







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