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Introducing the concept of cybersecurity footprint

Introducing the concept of cybersecurity footprint This paper aims to introduce the concept of cybersecurity footprint.Design/methodology/approachCharacteristics of cybersecurity footprint are presented based on documented cases, and the domino effect of cybersecurity is illustrated. Organizational and individual cybersecurity footprints are outlined. Active and passive – digital vs cybersecurity footprints are then reviewed. Taxonomy of aware/unaware vs active/passive cybersecurity footprints are presented, followed by brief discussion of the implications for future research.FindingsThe concept of cybersecurity footprint is defined, and the evidence from prior cyber incidents is shown to emphasize the concept. Smaller organizations may have a large cybersecurity footprint, whereas larger organizations may have smaller one. Cyberattacks are focusing on the individuals or small organizations that are in the supply chain of larger organizations causing the domino effect.Practical implicationsImplications of cybersecurity footprint to individuals, organizations, societies and governments are discussed. The authors present organizations with ways to lower cybersecurity footprint along with recommendations for future research.Social implicationsCybersecurity has a significant social implication worldwide, as the world is becoming cyber dependent. With the authors’ introduction of the cybersecurity footprint concept and call to further understand how organizations can measure and reduce it, the authors envision it as another perspective of assessing cyber risk and further help mitigate future cyber incidents.Originality/valueThis paper extends the existing information and computer security body of knowledge on the concept of cybersecurity footprint with illustrated cases. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information & Computer Security Emerald Publishing

Introducing the concept of cybersecurity footprint

Information & Computer Security , Volume 29 (5): 13 – Nov 12, 2021

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2056-4961
DOI
10.1108/ics-04-2020-0054
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Abstract

This paper aims to introduce the concept of cybersecurity footprint.Design/methodology/approachCharacteristics of cybersecurity footprint are presented based on documented cases, and the domino effect of cybersecurity is illustrated. Organizational and individual cybersecurity footprints are outlined. Active and passive – digital vs cybersecurity footprints are then reviewed. Taxonomy of aware/unaware vs active/passive cybersecurity footprints are presented, followed by brief discussion of the implications for future research.FindingsThe concept of cybersecurity footprint is defined, and the evidence from prior cyber incidents is shown to emphasize the concept. Smaller organizations may have a large cybersecurity footprint, whereas larger organizations may have smaller one. Cyberattacks are focusing on the individuals or small organizations that are in the supply chain of larger organizations causing the domino effect.Practical implicationsImplications of cybersecurity footprint to individuals, organizations, societies and governments are discussed. The authors present organizations with ways to lower cybersecurity footprint along with recommendations for future research.Social implicationsCybersecurity has a significant social implication worldwide, as the world is becoming cyber dependent. With the authors’ introduction of the cybersecurity footprint concept and call to further understand how organizations can measure and reduce it, the authors envision it as another perspective of assessing cyber risk and further help mitigate future cyber incidents.Originality/valueThis paper extends the existing information and computer security body of knowledge on the concept of cybersecurity footprint with illustrated cases.

Journal

Information & Computer SecurityEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 12, 2021

Keywords: Active and passive cybersecurity footprints; Cybersecurity awareness; Cybersecurity footprint; Domino effect of data breach; Supply chain data breach

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