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Future Internet 2016, 8(3), 30; doi:10.3390/fi8030030

The Importance of the Security Culture in SMEs as Regards the Correct Management of the Security of Their Assets

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Research and Development Department, Sicaman Nuevas Tecnologías, Tomelloso 13700, Spain
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Research Group GSyA, University of Castilla-la Mancha, Ciudad Real 13700, Spain
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Project Prometeo of Senescyt, University of the Armed Forces (ESPE), SanGolqui 170501, Ecuador
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Research Group Alarcos, University of Castilla-la Mancha (UCLM), Ciudad Real 13700, Spain
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Language department, Universidad Técnica de Ambato, Ambato 180150, Ecuador
This paper is an extended version of paper published in the VIII Congreso Iberoamericano de Seguridad Informática—CIBSI, Quito, Ecuador, 10–12 November 2015.
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Academic Editor: Luis Javier Garcia Villalba
Received: 12 February 2016 / Revised: 10 June 2016 / Accepted: 13 June 2016 / Published: 7 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information Systems Security)
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Abstract

The information society is increasingly more dependent on Information Security Management Systems (ISMSs), and the availability of these kinds of systems is now vital for the development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). However, these companies require ISMSs that have been adapted to their special features, and which are optimized as regards the resources needed to deploy and maintain them. This article shows how important the security culture within ISMSs is for SMEs, and how the concept of security culture has been introduced into a security management methodology (MARISMA is a Methodology for “Information Security Management System in SMEs” developed by the Sicaman Nuevas Tecnologías Company, Research Group GSyA and Alarcos of the University of Castilla-La Mancha.) for SMEs. This model is currently being directly applied to real cases, thus allowing a steady improvement to be made to its implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cybersecurity; information security management systems; ISMS; security culture; SMEs; ISO27001; ISO27002 Cybersecurity; information security management systems; ISMS; security culture; SMEs; ISO27001; ISO27002
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Santos-Olmo, A.; Sánchez, L.E.; Caballero, I.; Camacho, S.; Fernandez-Medina, E. The Importance of the Security Culture in SMEs as Regards the Correct Management of the Security of Their Assets. Future Internet 2016, 8, 30.

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