n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Protection of security information in government departments : a South African case study

Volume 30 Number 5
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


The protection of security information in Government Departments requires the active engagement of executive management to assess emerging threats and provide strong security risk control measures. For most Government Departments, establishing effective protection for security information is a major initiative, given the often continuous, strategic nature of typical security efforts. The purpose of this article is to explain how Government Departments are currently protecting their information against espionage, sabotage, theft and tampering. A qualitative study was conducted within Government Departments in South Africa. The findings revealed that the protection of security information is not implemented in accordance with the Minimum Information Security Standards (MISS) document and that much more needs to be done to improve the protection of security information. It is recommended that management should conduct continuous risk assessments in their departments to ensure that appropriate security risk control measures are put in place to reduce and mitigate the identified risks.

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