Australian Security and Intelligence Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia


8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, held from the 30 November – 2 December, 2015 (pp. 43-49), Edith Cowan University Joondalup Campus, Perth, Western Australia.


In the years since the tragedy of 9/11 the term "security" has become a much used and abused term. As the war on terrorism has evolved, politicians of all persuasions played the security card to change law and legislation ostensibly to protect the community. Those whom provide the security assume that freedoms lost by the wider community in the name of security are in fact a fair price to pay for that security. In this environment the security discourse is diminished and this provides an opportunity for security deviance to emerge. This research used a selection of publically reported examples of security misconduct to examine and define the construct security deviance. Security deviance being the misuse and abuse of security policy, processes and mechanisms for unauthorised benefit or gratification.