Handbook of Research on Digital Platform Security Assurance
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Handbook of Research on Digital Platform Security Assurance

Yuri Bobbert (Antwerp Management School, University of Antwerp, Belgium), Maria Chtepen (BNP Paribas Group, Belgium), Tapan Kumar (Cognizant, Netherlands), Yves Vanderbeken (DXC, Belgium) and Dennis Verslegers (Orange Cyberdefense, Belgium)
Pages: 450|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7367-9
ISBN13: 9781799873679|ISBN10: 1799873676|EISBN13: 9781799873693|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799873686


Nowadays, it is impossible to imagine a business without technology. Most industries are becoming "smarter" and more tech-driven. Ranging from small individual tech initiatives to complete business models with intertwined supply chains and "Platform" based business models. New ways of working, such as Agile and DevOps, are introduced, leading to new risks. These risks do not restrict themselves to the technology domain; new challenges arise by teams working together in a distributed manner to deliver high paced value at a higher pace by reducing the time to market. We see smart cities emerge, and society is taking a more holistic view of the regulation of such high-tech developments. Not only from a privacy perspective: who collects what, and for which purpose? Or from a human aspect: How can we give more autonomy to teams without loosing "control" and pose compliance risks? New risks also emerge from a cybersecurity perspective: who protects our digital sovereignty and our "digital heritage"? For policymakers and business leaders, technology is no longer a domain that is shrouded in mystery; instead, it is an essential business discipline that is here to stay. Business schools all over the world include cybersecurity into their curriculum. It is also a professional discipline that has got the attention of analysts and supervisory boards. However, at the same time, organised crime has arrived on the scene in a big way. Through hacks and denial-of-service attacks, all sorts of malicious actors are infiltrating our 'digital' society. They can easily take advantage of systems with poor design, implementation and configurations. An alternative path consists of a wide range of advanced "social engineering" techniques to trick their way into organisations.

This research book aims to contribute in several ways. It addresses the significant problems when transforming an organisation by embracing an API-based platform model (a function of the organisation). It also goes in-depth into making use of small(er) DevOps teams (construction of the organisation) and leveraging proves technological architectures (design of the construction). This technology is built and maintained through the use of software-based production streets, also referred to as Continuous Delivery Pipelines (engineering of the design construction).

The field of digital transformation and the associated risk and security management is rapidly changing due to emerging technologies and upcoming regulations. Organisations want to ensure speed and quality of technology delivery in order to serve customers, citizens and other stakeholders. So far little academic research is performed in this field while the available research is rarely empirical. This book offers comprehensive Design Science Research approaches to on the one hand extensively examine the problem and on the other hand, offer pragmatic solutions (artefacts) that can serve both academia and practitioners. Every section examines the status quo, current challenges. It formulates core success factors and approaches that academic researchers as well as business researches of R&D departments of Cybersecurity and IT audit- and consulting firms can use.

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