Information Assurance Benefits and Challenges: An Introduction

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Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 36 (2017)


computer security, information assurance, information goods, Information Security, information services


Information assurance (IA) is the practice of protecting and defending information systems by ensuring their availability, confidentiality, integrity, authentication, and nonrepudiation. As a discipline, IA grew from the practice of information security. It plays a crucial role in a networked infrastructure of e-commerce, e-business, and e-Government. For this reason, IA is a serious worldwide concern of organizations, industry, governments, and academia. This paper provides a brief introduction on information assurance, the benefits it brings, and the challenges in the implementation of the concept.