The Art of Balancing Information Security and Information Sharing
AIR FORCE FELLOWS PROGRAM MAXWELL AFB AL
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Balancing the needs of information sharing against threats to security is an age-old dilemma operational security OP SEC often conflicts with operational effectiveness protecting intelligence sources and methods may undermine confidence in the product and guarding trade secrets and customer privacy may prevent the introduction of e-commerce innovations. But in todays global, high-tech, information-oriented environment, with exploding demands for both information sharing and information security, the importance of getting a better balance between information sharing and security is becoming critical to survival. When is an information environment so open that openness jeopardizes vital interests How much ought security impede effectiveness How are these crucial but often conflicting requirements to be weighed Who are the stakeholders, and what are the stakes What are the trade-offs Where does technology fit in Where is each organizations balance between information sharing and information security These are all crucial questions that are often left unanswered or incomplete in many of organizational approaches to ISS. However, the focus of the framework presented here is not on specifically answering these questions, but rather, on how organizations can better ask and address them.
- Information Science
- Defense Systems