Integrating information security and intelligence courses
Springer, Boston, MA
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Security Science
As the Western nations move further into the Information Age, the strategic nature and value of information becomes more apparent. The conventional approach to (corporate) information management, security, and its associated systems has conventionally been narrow, protective and a reactive. However, this paper argues that information security is a part of the information management (rather than the security) function. The contemporary concept of Information Warfare has developed the concept of information as a ‘target’ and that of a’ weapon’. This means an aggressive and dynamic organisational change in the use of information and associated systems. This requires a change in mindset. An integrated information strategy requires an integrated perspective on security (a protective paradigm) and intelligence (an aggressive paradigm). This paper argues that courses for information professionals of the future should integrate these worldviews in their education. A post-graduate course being implemented at an Australian university will be offered as an example.