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Dr Sean Maynard

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Dr Sean B. Maynard is an academic based at the School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia. Sean has over 25 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate, postgraduate and executive training levels. His teaching specialities include: Information Systems, Information Systems strategy and governance, database, and data warehousing.

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His research interests are in the management of information security specifically relating to security policy, security culture, security governance, security strategy, security analytics, incident response, and privacy. He has also published in the area of decision support systems, and business analytics, particularly in capability maturity. His view of Information Security is that it is about the protection the enterprises data, information and knowledge assets, across the whole organisation, whether the information is stored in an IT environment, on paper or within the heads of people.  Subsequently, good organisational security is embedded within the culture of the organisation and is a top down process, embedded in quality management practice.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Information Security), University of Melbourne

  • Master of Computing (Decision Support Systems), Monash University

  • Bachelor of Computing (Hons) (Executive Information Systems), Monash University

Dimension 2 Journal Publications

He has over seventy publications. His research has been published in high-impact journals such as Computers & Security, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the International Journal of Information Management as well as leading conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems.

Research areas being, Enterprise Security Strategy, IP & Trade Secret Leakage, Risk Assessment, Incident Response, Information Warfare, Information Security Policy, Business Analytics with some noteworthy publications:

  • Ruighaver, A.B.; Maynard, S.B. and Chang, S. (2007) “Organisational security culture: Extending the end-user perspective”. Computers & Security, Volume 26, Issue 1, February 2007, Pages 56-62. Science Direct

    (Abstract): “The concept of security culture is relatively new. It is often investigated in a simplistic manner focusing on end-users and on the technical aspects of security. Security, however, is a management problem and as a result, the investigation of security culture should also have a management focus. This paper describes a framework of eight dimensions of culture. Each dimension is discussed in terms of how they relate specifically to security culture based on a number of previously published case studies. We believe that use of this framework in security culture research will reduce the inherent biases of researchers who tend to focus on only technical aspects of culture from an end-users perspective.”

  • Ahmad, A, Desouza, KC, Maynard, SB, Naseer, H., and Baskerville, R. (2020). “How Integration of Security Management and Incident Response Enables Organizational Learning”, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Vol. 71: Iss. 8, pp 939-953.

  • Gupta A, Maynard SB, Ahmad A (2019). The Dark Web Phenomenon: A Review and Research Agenda. 30th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Freemantle, Australia 9th-11th December, pp 1-11.

  • Shah AH, Ahmad A, Maynard SB, Naseer H (2019). Enhancing Strategic Information Security Management in Organizations through Information Warfare Practices. 30th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Freemantle, Australia 9th-11th December, pp 449-455.

  • Alshaikh, M., Naseer, H., Ahmad, A., & Maynard, S. (2019). Toward Sustainable Behaviour Change: An Approach for Cyber Security Education Training and Awareness. European Conference on Information Systems.  (pp. 1-14).

  • Maynard, Sean B; Onibere, Mazino; and Ahmad, Atif (2018) “Defining the Strategic Role of the Chief Information Security Officer,” Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 10: Iss. 3, Article 3.

  • ​Naseer, Humza; Ahmad, Atif; Maynard, Sean B; Shanks, Graeme (2018). Cybersecurity Risk Management Using Analytics: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), San Francisco, USA, 9 pages.

  • Webb, J; Ahmad, A; Maynard, S.B.; Shanks, G. (2016) “Foundations for an Intelligence-Driven Information Security Risk Management System”, Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application, 17(3), pp.25-51.

  • Carron, X; Bosua, R; Maynard, S.B., Ahmad, A. (2016) “The Internet of Things and Its Impact on Individual Privacy: An Australian Privacy Principle Perspective”, Computer Law & Security Review, 32(1), p 4-15.

  • Ahmad, A., Maynard, S.B., Shanks, G. (2015) “A Case Analysis of Information Systems and Security Incident Responses”, International Journal of Information Management 35(6), 717-723.

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