Information Security

Information Security

Text and Cases

Edition 2.0 | Copyright 2018 | Publication Date: December 2017

Gurpreet Dhillon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Information Security: Text & Cases is designed for undergraduate and graduate information systems security courses. This text addresses both the technical and human side of information systems security. This text helps future managers to better understand the broad range of technical, managerial, ethical, and legal issues related to IS security. In practice and beyond the classroom, this content provides students with the specific tools and techniques to support effective IS security management in business.


Balanced Coverage of IS Security
Explore both the social and the technical nature of IS security for an in-depth understanding from multiple angles.

Analytical Framework
Conceptualize IS security problems with a proven analytical framework for logical thought structure and increased understanding.

Business Cases
Use cases throughout the text put theoretical material in the context of the real-world applications IT managers commonly confront.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Information Systems Security: Nature and Scope

  • Part I: Technical Aspects of Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 2: Security of Technical Systems In Organizations
  • Chapter 3: Cryptography and Technical IS Security
  • Chapter 4: Network Security

  • Part II: Formal Aspects of Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 5: Planning for Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 6: Risk Management for Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 7: Information Systems Security Standards and Guidelines
  • Chapter 8: Responding to an Information Security Breach

  • Part III: Informal Aspects of Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 9: Behavioral Aspects of Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 10: Culture and Information System Security
  • Chapter 11: Ethical and Professional Issues in IS Security Management

  • Part IV: Regulatory Aspects of Information Systems Security
  • Chapter 12: Legal Aspects of Information System Security
  • Chapter 13: Computer Forensics
  • Chapter 14: Summary Principles for IS Security

  • Part V: Case Studies
  • Case Study 1: The Anthem Data Breach
  • Case Study 2: Process and Data Integrity Concerns in a Scheduling System
  • Case Study 3: Case of a Computer Hack
  • Case Study 4: Critical Infrastructure Protection: The Big Ten Power Company
  • Case Study 5: The Case of Sony’s PlayStation Network Breach

About the Author

Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon is a Professor and Head of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He also holds a Guest Professorship at ISEG, University of Lisbon, Portugal. His doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science, examined information systems security England. Afterwards, he extended his research to encompass other issues including risk management, economic crime, and computer-related fraud. His current research and teaching interests lie at the interface between technology and organizations, particularly managing information security in organizations and ensuring the integrity of business operations. His work has been used in large public and private sector organizations. Some aspects have also been used in drafting national security policies. 

Dr. Dhillon has published written over a dozen books and over 100 research papers in flagship journals, including Information Systems Research, Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Management Information Systems. His work has been featured in the popular press, including the New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, and NBC News, among others. In 2018, Dr. Dhillon was honored by Örebro University, Sweden with an Honorary Doctorate Degree for his contributions to the field.

Gurpreet Dhillon

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