On Contamination in Information Ecosystems

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Bengt Carlsson, Andreas Jacobsson
Title: On Contamination in Information Ecosystems
Conference name: HICSS-38
Year: 2005
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: bca@bth.se, aja@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: On the Internet, digitally active small and medium
sized enterprises (SME) face numerous security risks.
When SMEs join networks, business ideas and malicious
activities may interfuse. E-mail marketing, remote
control and information gathering are replaced by
spam, virulent programs and spyware. In this paper, we
use the concepts of information ecosystems to describe
a security model where, as a background, humans are
presumed to act as Machiavellian beings, i.e., behaving
selfishly. Based on this notion, we analyse behaviours
initiated by network contaminants and their effects to
an entire ecosystem. The contribution of this paper is
the security model, which permits a comprehensive
view on the risk environment in virtual networks (like
the digital SME community).
Subject: Computer Science\Electronic security