Organisational security: From expert knowledge construct to a body of knowledge

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Finland Futures Research Centre


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)




Brooks, D. J. (2011). Organisational security: From expert knowledge construct to a body of knowledge. Paper presented at Security in Futures - Security in Change, Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland. Available here


Security is capricious in nature, with many practising domains and heterogeneous oc-cupations. In addition, security can only be defined by its applied context. Such diffusion leads to a need to develop and present a consensual body of knowledge for the practising domain of Organisational Security; one domain of many parts of security. Organisational security may be considered, in part, that which provides security services and functions as a commodity within either public or commercial enterprises. There have been studies that have put forward a number of organisational security bodies of knowledge; however, there is still restricted consensus that is needed if we are to understand the future of organisational security. This study considered existing body of knowledge studies and puts forward a body of knowledge framework for organisational security, with integrated knowledge categories. In addition, further analysis was applied to this framework using a psychometric multidimensional scaling (MDS) knowledge mapping technique. The psychometric MDS mapping technique allowed implicit expert understanding of the framework and knowledge categories to be measured and interpretations made. Interpretations lead to an adjustment to the initial organisational security framework, resulting in a body of knowledge that better reflects organisational security experts’ view of their practising domain and considered Security Science.

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