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Information Security & Privacy

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Intellectual Capital

Guest Editor: Karen Renaud, Abertay University, UK ([email protected])

A primary source of intellectual capital is embodied in organizational information and knowledge.  Securing this information is deceptively challenging, due to the hyper-connected and complex nature of today’s socio-technical systems. The rapidity of technological change and advent of many new computing developments such as cloud/edge/fog computing, mobile and ubiquitous computing, Internet of Things (IoT)/Internet of Everything (IoE), complicate the challenge of security this valuable organizational asset.

Companies worldwide experience major challenges in terms of ensuring the security of their information and the privacy of their customers’ information. Continuing developments in the Internet have revolutionized the way companies store. Process, and share information, but there are undeniable risks and threats associated with digitizing information. Information breaches often occur due to employee mistakes, malicious insider activities, and the efforts of external hackers. A large and thriving research community is addressing all aspects of this problem and this special issue is particularly focused on the human side of the problem.

This special issue will publish high-quality research papers reporting original research, as well as review articles that highlight human-related challenges and solutions to securing and ensuring the privacy of information. Diversity of research approaches is encouraged.  We are particularly interested in new perspectives, ideas, and solutions that address the information security and privacy challenge.

Submissions are welcomed from the following list, but other relevant topics will also be considered:

Interdisciplinary research especially spanning computer science/information systems and one of: sociology, behavioral economics, psychology, law, business, or criminology

Humans in General:

  • Process theories of secure or private behaviors
  • Behavioral cyber security
  • Investigations into the deployment of human-centric solutions

Within organizations:

  • Good practice cyber security knowledge transfer and management
  • The role of the employee in securing information within socio-technical organizational systems
  • Employee awareness and perceptions of potential security and privacy threats and risks


  • Human-centric solutions to insider threats
  • Understanding hackers and their activities

Society & Community:

  • How governments respond to the cyber security challenge
  • Cyber security efforts to support home users
  • Community approaches to Cyber Security
  • Human-centered security- and privacy-related IoT research
  • Policy-related cyber security research

Submission Procedure:
Submissions to this special issue must be made through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Visit the author guidelines for the journal for full details:

Ensure that you select this special issue (Information Security & Privacy) from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019.  Review cycles will be rapid with the goal of publishing the issue in 2019.