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What constitutes information integrity?

S. Flowerday, R. von Solms
South African Journal of Information Management | Vol 10, No 2 | a319 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v10i2.319 | © 2008 S. Flowerday, R. von Solms | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 January 2008 | Published: 20 January 2008

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S. Flowerday, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
R. von Solms, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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This research focused on what constitutes information integrity as this is a problem facing companies today. Moreover, information integrity is a pillar of information security and is required in order to have a sound security management programme. However, it is acknowledged that 100% information integrity is not currently achievable due to various limitations and therefore the auditing concept of reasonable assurance is adopted. This is in line with the concept that 100% information security is not achievable and the notion that adequate security is the goal, using appropriate countermeasures. The main contribution of this article is to illustrate the importance of and provide a macro view of what constitutes information integrity. The findings are in harmony with Samuel Johnson's words (1751): 'Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.'


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