New Millennium; New Technology; Same Old Right and Wrong

New Millennium; New Technology; Same Old Right and Wrong

Joseph T. Gilbert (University of Nevada, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-78-0.ch003
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What does ethics have to do with computer security in the new millennium? What, for that matter, did it have to do with computer security in the old millennium? To answer these two questions, we will start with a more fundamental question: what is ethics? In the first part of this chapter, we will briefly review ethics as a part of philosophy. We will examine three approaches that have been taken for hundreds of years as humans have tried to decide what is the right way to behave. We will then examine business ethics, which is an applied subset of the more general topic. Finally, we will explore specific issues which currently present themselves as matters of ethical concern in the world of computer security, and provide a framework for analyzing issues which have not yet presented themselves, but will do so at some future date. Is it ethical to lend a friend a set of discs which contain a three hundred dollar program that you have purchased, knowing that he intends to load the program onto his computer before returning the discs? Is it ethical to hack into computer systems, as long as you don’t disrupt or corrupt the systems? Is it ethical to monitor the e-mail of your employees? In order to answer these and a host of other questions, it is useful to think about the common element in all these questions: is it ethical?

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Gurpreet Dhillon
In the past decade two developments have brought information security management issues to the fore. First has been the increased dependence of... Sample PDF
Challenges in Managing Information Security in the New Millennium
Chapter 2
Michael E. Whitman, Anthony M. Townsend, Robert J. Aalberts
As the pervasiveness of networks create a more open set of information systems for the mobile and diverse needs of the organization, increased... Sample PDF
Information Systems Security and the Need for Policy
Chapter 3
Joseph T. Gilbert
What does ethics have to do with computer security in the new millennium? What, for that matter, did it have to do with computer security in the old... Sample PDF
New Millennium; New Technology; Same Old Right and Wrong
Chapter 4
Andrew Storey, J. Barrie Thompson, Albert Bokma
The following sections of this chapter report current and future aspects of EC related to the concept of trust. In the next section we review the... Sample PDF
Ethical Elements of Security and Developments in Cyberspace that Should Promote Trust in Electronic Commerce
Chapter 5
Matthew Warren, William Hutchinson
During the last ten years there has been a growth of Information Systems and related Internet technology. In recent years the Internet has grown... Sample PDF
Cyber Terrorism and the Contemporary Corporation
Chapter 6
Athanasia Pouloudi
Prescription fraud constitutes an important drain of health service resources, but one that is difficult to detect and therefore to prevent or... Sample PDF
Addressing Prescription Fraud in the British National Health Service: Technological and Social Considerations
Chapter 7
Frederic Adam, Joseph A. Haslam
In order to determine the extent to which IS managers and other managers are treating disaster recovery planning as a serious issue, an empirical... Sample PDF
The Irish Experience with Disaster Recovery Planning: High Levels of Awareness May Not Suffice
Chapter 8
Mikko T. Siponen
Recently, several Information Systems Security (ISS) development approaches that support modeling have been presented. This chapter analyzes and... Sample PDF
An Analysis of the Recent IS Security Development Approaches: Descriptive and Prescriptive Implications
Chapter 9
Keng Siau, Kent Whitacre
The Internet is one of the miracles happening in this century. Starting from a project known to a few hundred people, the Internet is now a global... Sample PDF
Internet and E-Business Security
Chapter 10
Peter Goldschmidt
This chapter discusses generic concepts of compliance monitoring for anomaly detection systems [CMAD]1 in terms of the functionality of CMAD... Sample PDF
Assurance and Compliance Monitoring Support
Chapter 11
Stefan Kirn, Mathias Petsch, Brian Lees
For a new technology, such as that offered by intelligent agents, to be successful and widely accepted, it is necessary for systems, based on that... Sample PDF
Intelligent Software Agents: Security Issues of a New Technology
Chapter 12
Gurpreet Dhillon
This chapter sketches out three classes of principles. Following a brief description of the class, each principle is elaborated and suggestions made... Sample PDF
Principles for Managing Information Security in the New Millennium
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