The project will investigate Information Technology (IT) trends that are affecting SMEs including commercial off-the-shelf packages (COTS), application service providers (ASPs) and component frameworks such as Microsoft.NET.
It will research Information Security Guidelines such as ISO/IEC 17799 and the Systems Security Engineering Capability Maturity Model (SSE-CMM).
Aspects of Security Guidelines relevant to SMEs due to emerging IT trends will be modelled using narrative and a visual modelling language such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
The main objective of this project is to provide the chosen sector SMEs with a framework model to map their IT usage and security capability onto a set of Information Security Guidelines.
A key deliverable will be a set of Information Security Guidelines for SMEs in the production and tooling sector. The guidelines will be evaluated by a combination of peer-review and with industry practitioners.