The Visible Employee: Using Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance to Protect Information Assets - without Compromising Employee Privacy or Trust

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The Visible Employee: Using Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance to Protect Information Assets - Without Compromising Employee Privacy or Trust by Jeffrey M. Stanton and Kathryn R. Stain ISBN: 0-910965-74-9 Published: 2006 Pages: 353 pp.; softcover Price: $24.95

Available from: CyberAge Books, Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; www.infotoday.com

This book is much more academic than the usual offering from CyberAge, but within the verbose and detailed analysis of attitudes and behavior of employees towards security are some nuggets of gold. The authors are both professors, with Stanton specializing in the intersection of organizational behavior and technology, and Stam focusing on the social and ethical aspects of information technology. This book presents the results of 4 years of research and extensive surveys of managers, IT professionals, and employees in a variety of industries. The goal is to understand the human side of information security and how employee attitudes, knowledge, and communication impact the success or failure of an organization's information security.

The first four chapters of the book set the stage for how employees affect information security and the technologies that can be used to control and monitor user behavior. The next three chapters explore the attitudes of each of the three groups: managers, IT professionals, and employees, based on surveys and in-depth interviews with dozens of people across many different industries. …

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