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Hierarchical analysis of acceptable use policies

P. A. Laughton

SA Journal of Information Management; Vol 10, No 4 (2008), . doi: 10.4102/sajim.v10i4.330

Submitted: 20 January 2008
Published:  20 January 2008


Acceptable use policies (AUPs) are vital tools for organizations to protect themselves and their employees from misuse of computer facilities provided. A well structured, thorough AUP is essential for any organization. It is impossible for an effective AUP to deal with every clause and remain readable. For this reason, some sections of an AUP carry more weight than others, denoting importance. The methodology used to develop the hierarchical analysis is a literature review, where various sources were consulted. This hierarchical approach to AUP analysis attempts to highlight important sections and clauses dealt with in an AUP. The emphasis of the hierarchal analysis is to prioritize the objectives of an AUP.

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P. A. Laughton, Department of Information and Knowledge Management University of Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa


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