Organizational, Legal, and Technological Dimensions of Information System Administration

Call for Chapters

Organizational, Legal, and Technological Dimensions of Information System Administration

edited by
  * Prof. Dr. Irene Portela (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal)
  * Prof. Dr. Fernando Almeida. (Polytechnic Institute of Gaya, Portugal) to be published by IGI-Global ============

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 30, 2012 Full Chapters Due: November 30, 2012


  * Introduction

    A large quantity of digital information is being created every moment by individual and corporate consumers of IT. This information is increasingly being recognized as a key economic resource and as one of the firm’s most important assets, just as much as capital infrastructure and people. Managing the digital information at the right time and place is essential for the survival of a company.

    However, the complexity of information management is huge, particularly in large organizations. The data explosion continues to drive the demand for increased storage capacity and a parallel need to secure that information. Companies are facing increased security threats from both within the organization and externally. A company’s data is one of its most valuable assets an organization needs to implement a thorough security plan, taking all aspects of securing the data into account. Currently, all organizations have a system administrator, which is part of the organization’s policy. The administrator’s role is mainly developed in the dark to avoid data leaks, safeguard the integrity of databases, etc.; but when there is a failure, a breach of competition rules, a violation of confidentiality, the responsibility relies in the administrator.

  * Objective of the Book

    The mission of the book is to discuss the main issues, challenges, opportunities and solutions related to the role and responsibility of the system’s administrator. Therefore, we intend to discuss the mission and challenges of a system’s administration in the 21st century, the importance of proper information security policy, the drivers and barriers to address a completely safe and reliable ICT system, and the organizational and legal implications of system administration. Furthermore, we expect to present some practical solutions that would make it possible to implement a reliable system administration policy.

  * Target Audience

    This book is expected to be a support to disciplines (post-graduate studies) of Management, Enterprise Information Systems, Information Systems Management and Management Information Systems in general. It intends, also, to serve as guidance for top managers and information technologies (IT) professionals (system developers and IT specialists).

  * Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Role and responsibilities of the system’s administrator
    Importance of a proper information security policy
    Drivers and barriers to address a completely safe and reliable ICT system
    Critical success factors for its adoption by SME
    Network security policies and best practices
    Threats and countermeasures for information system security
    Legal and regulatory frameworks
    Organizational and legal implications
    Compared studies of regulations
    Surveys and case studies

  * Submission Procedure

    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 30, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 15, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

  * Publisher

    This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2013.

  * Important Dates

    August 30, 2012: 1st Proposal Submission Deadline
    October 15, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
    November 30, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
    January 30, 2013: Review Results Returned
    March 30, 2013: Final Chapter Submission
    May 15, 2013: Final Deadline

  * Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document):

    Prof. Dr. Fernando Almeida
    ISPGaya, School of Technology and Science
    Av. dos Descobrimentos, 333 • 4400-103 Santa Marinha – Vila Nova de Gaia
    Tel.: +351 223 745 730/1 • Fax: +351 220 134 479

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