Australian Information Security Management Conference

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Conference Proceeding




Lutui, R., Hopoi, S. & Maeakafa, S. (2017). Security readiness evaluation framework for Tonga e-government initiatives. In Valli, C. (Ed.). (2017). The Proceedings of 15th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 5-6 December, 2017, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. (pp.14-24).


The rapid expansion of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Pacific have reached the Kingdom of Tonga. The submarine fibre-optic cable which connects Tonga to Fiji and onward to a hub in Sydney went live 2013. Now the people of Tonga experience the high-speed impact of digital communication, fast international access, and social changes such as the government is implementing a digital society through e-government services. This study focuses on identifying the factors that will later become a vulnerability and a risk to the security of Tonga government e-government initiatives. Data was collected through interviews with three government officials, document analysis, and critical reflection on the theory context. Consequently, a security-readiness evaluation framework has been designed from the data analysis to inform the e-government initiatives. This study contributes a security-readiness evaluation framework for use in developing countries to guide the implementation of e-government initiatives.




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