Ethical Cybersecurity Leadership

When the International Journal of Smart Education and Urban Society issued a call for papers for a special issue for cybersecurity topics, Marisa and Tonia collaborated on an article for the journal. Marisa, researching leadership and ethics, and Tonia, studying computer programming and analysis, paired their interests and produced an article titled, “Toward a Model for Ethical Cybersecurity Leadership.” After several revisions efforts and another final round with the editors, they received the following notification:

You will be happy to know that your manuscript, entitled “Toward a Model for Ethical Cybersecurity Leadership,” submitted to the International Journal of Smart Education and Urban Society (IJSEUS), has passed the journal’s editorial review process.


With no clear model for ethical cybersecurity leadership, the field of cybersecurity is largely unregulated. The advances in technology and the Internet of Things come at a price–security. Since there is a lack of regulation, no clear guidelines exist. Furthermore, there is a gap in the literature to identify a set of global ethical standards for cybersecurity leaders. This article proposes an international model of ethical standards with three ethical propositions to ensure the users of technology in today’s global industry remain confident in the corporations entrusted with the users’ information.

*Notation: This ethical framework is intended to start the conversation on how leaders in today’s global economy should behave.

*Future research: When a large corporation finds out about a breach in security that happened four years ago, and then waits two months to tell potential victims, how ethical is that for the individual customer? What if the individual customer still has not been notified by the corporation but found out through other outlets (news report and company who was notified of breach)? Shouldn’t the corporation contact the individuals and not just other companies that might have been victimized?