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Lessons learnt in the process of computerization, automation and management of ICT security in the developing world: a case study of the University of Dar-es-Salaam
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2008 (English)In: ISSA, South Africa: ISSA , 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper intends to discuss and sift out current and important challenges in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) security for developing countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa where Tanzania will be taken as a case study. As a background we analyze lessons learnt in the processes of computerization, automation and the management of ICT security at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) since it is one of the first higher learning institutions in Tanzania. The backbone of UDSM currently connects more than three thousand workstations and twenty five heavy duty servers that are centrally managed and which support different institutional core services. In the evolution process of computerization and automation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the UDSM that started way back in the early 1990’s ICT security was of no priority. While in the western world computerization and automation processes have gradually been incorporating security into ICT infrastructures, developing countries have not experienced a similar evolution – neither in technical nor in practical circumstances. In practice, developing countries need to conform to international developments within ICT security at the same time as they are trying to conform to their own environments and also learn about the totally new situation created. Simultaneously there are also local and specific restrictions – well known by the developing countries - but usually not experienced by the developed world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
South Africa: ISSA , 2008.
Keyword [en]
Challenges, Lessons learnt, ICT Security, Information Security, Automation, Computerisation, Managing, Developing World
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132833ISBN: 978-1-86854-693-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-132833DiVA: diva2:955388
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