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Information Security Law: The Emerging Standard for Corporate Compliance by Thomas J. Smedinghoff

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Chapter 1. Security Basics: The Legal Perspective

The law of information security is based on fundamental security concepts long recognized by security professionals. Thus, understanding security obligations from a legal perspective requires understanding those basic security concepts. The following sections will summarize those security concepts, as seen from the perspective of applicable laws.

Definition of information security

Security is the protection of assets (such as buildings, equipment, cargo, inventory, and in some cases, people) from threats. “Information security is the protection of information from a wide range of threats in order to ensure business continuity, minimize business risk, and maximize return on investments and business ...

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