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An investigative report into security policies of SME's in Australia

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Lim, Jehn (2002) An investigative report into security policies of SME's in Australia. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Advances in technology have facilitated a new form of business opportunity: ecommerce.
In the rush to join in on e-commerce activities, many companies fail to
recognise the importance of security in this on-line business environment. This lack of
attention to security was reflected in the Global Information Security Survey 2002
conducted by Ernst & Young. The survey found that 91% of businesses in Australia
reported that their critical business systems are increasingly being interrupted. This is
high compared to the global measure of 75%.
SMEs are equally as susceptible to information security attacks as large corporations.
However, SMEs do not normally have the abundant resources of larger corporations
so the damage inflicted by security infringements will be greater. In Australia, it is
essential that SMEs are aware of the importance of implementing stringent security
measures since these enterprises account for nearly 50% of the total Gross Domestic
Product and 35% of exports in APEC member economies.
The aim of this research is to inform small medium enterprises (SMEs) of the risks
they might face as a result of "e-commercialising" their business activities. A
secondary objective is to offer advice on how SMEs can protect their operations
through the implementation of a security policy. To achieve these objectives, this
research will investigate the current security environment of SMEs throughout
Australia.
This research study adopted a quantitative approach. It was an empirical study that
used mail survey questionnaires to collect data. These were sent out to a randomly
selected group of SMEs from the five states and two territories of Australia proper. A number of hypotheses were tested. As a result, it was found that although a
minority of SMEs are knowledgeable on security issues and practice them, the
majority of them still do not have proper security policies in place. In other words, the
level of security stringency is indirectly proportional to the level of computer security
infringement. Future research could include the investigation of the relation between security threat
and the preferred security technologies of SMEs to protect against such threats. An
investigation could be tested on the effectiveness of network security technologies
against such threats. Finally, the preference of network security technologies could be
researched across countries or through a period of time.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Electronic commerce, Computer networks, Small business
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Thesis (M.I.S.)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 02:44
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