Security related information sharing among firms: Potential theoretical explanations

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Abstract

Information technology (IT) related security crimes are on the rise, and are beginning to have a critical impact on firms. Considering the potential financial impact of IT security breaches on firms, effective IT security becomes the cornerstone of firm performance. In exploring effectives ways to guard against IT security crimes, a small group of IT firms came together to form Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), an information sharing organization with the goal of sharing critical information with industry peers and competitors. In the context of IT-ISAC, member firms have to engage cooperative and competitive behaviors. Such simultaneous cooperation and competition among rival firms is called coopetition. However, there is no research that explores why IT firms engage in security information sharing with other firms including competitors. In exploring the coopetitive behaviors exhibited by firms participating in the sharing of IT security related information, this research analyzes existing literature streams to see if they can resolve this particular coopetition paradox. Specifically, this research (i) analyzes research streams on transaction cost theory (TCT), resource based view (RBV), competence based view (CBV), and relational view of the firm (RVF), and (ii) finds that, while TCT, RBV, and CBV fail to resolve the IT-ISAC information sharing paradox, RVF provides appropriate theoretical foundations for the resolution of the paradox. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of our paper for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmericas Conference on Information Systems 2018
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Disruption, AMCIS 2018
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9780996683166
StatePublished - 2018
Event24th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2018Aug 18 2018

Publication series

NameAmericas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018

Conference

Conference24th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period08/16/1808/18/18

Keywords

  • Coopetition
  • Firm performance
  • ISAC
  • IT-ISAC
  • Information sharing
  • It security
  • RVF
  • Relational view of the firm

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    Appan, R., Bačić, D., & Madhavaram, S. (2018). Security related information sharing among firms: Potential theoretical explanations. In Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018 (Americas Conference on Information Systems 2018: Digital Disruption, AMCIS 2018). Association for Information Systems.