Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Information Science

Content Description

1 online resource (x, 196 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Sanjay Goel

Committee Members

Salvatore Belardo, George Berg, Kevin Williams


Computer Security, Government Agent Security, Information Security, Information Security Policy Model, Network Security, Organizational Security, Computer security, Database security, Information technology, Electronic information resources

Subject Categories

Computer Engineering | Library and Information Science


The purpose of this dissertation is to develop and test a conceptual model of an Information Security Policy (ISP) and to measure the benefits that accrue to organizations that implement and deploy such policies. As a result of rapid changes in technology, the importance of computer Information Security Policy (ISP) has increased dramatically. In recent decades, governments and private enterprises have increasingly come to store ever greater amounts of information on computers and on networks. Unfortunately, storing information in this manner not only makes firms engaged in cutting-edge technology vulnerable to hackers, but may also jeopardize customer / employee relations, product sales and R&D (Goel and Chen, 2005). Recent events at Martin Marietta illustrate the impact such intrusions can have on a nation's classified information. Protecting against these threats is critical in helping firms prevent the loss of physical and monetary assets, as well as intellectual property. It is also critical in helping firms defend their reputations.