Organisational security: A propositional study to map expert knowledge

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Centre for Security Research, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Engineering / Centre for Security Research




Alruwaii, A., Brooks, D.J. (2008). Organisational security: A propositional study to map expert knowledge. In Proceedings of the 1st Australian Security and Intelligence Conference. (pp. 4 - 11). Perth, Australia: Centre for Security Research, Edith Cowan University.


Organisational security, as a profession, is at an early stage in terms of consensus by researchers on categorical concepts that sum its body of knowledge. In addition, scrutinising and mapping similarities of the security expert knowledge structure has not been undertaken by researchers on any significant scale. Nevertheless, a recent study (Brooks, 2006a) has investigated and critiqued 104 academic university level security courses and extracted common security concepts, resulting in a tabulated sum of 14 knowledge categories that represent the organisational security expert knowledge structure.

Controversy in the security industry mandates specific knowledge structure research to help achieve a consensual agreement on the security body of knowledge. This paper aims to outline a research proposition to conduct similarity analysis on security knowledge categories through a multidimensional scaling (MDS) technique. The proposed research will validate the foresaid 14 knowledge categories representing the security expert knowledge structure by reviewing similar research conducted and adding knowledge categories if found necessary.

The proposed research will provide a better understanding and relationships of security knowledge categories, and aid educational organisations in developing more concise and industry focused security curriculum. Furthermore, the proposed research will support education institutions in developing security professionals with proper knowledge and skills necessary to face challenges in the security industry.

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