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Towards a Management Framework to Protect Sensitive Information during Migrations

Olusegun A. AJIGINI, John A. VAN DER POLL and Jan H. KROEZE.


The protection of sensitive information during the  migration from one computing platform to another, e.g. from a Proprietary Platform to a Free Open Source Platform remains a challenge. While our aim is to develop a generic framework for platform migrations, in this paper the scope is limited to migrations from a Proprietary Platform to a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) platform. Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is used in government sectors globally and there is a trend to move from Proprietary Software to FOSS both in government and private sectors. In South Africa, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has been in the vanguard of migrating from Proprietary Software to FOSS. Generally, sensitive information is information that ought to be protected to safeguard its integrity, confidentiality and availability. Traditional approaches to such protection have an Information Security flavour, but in this paper we argue the case for using a Management Framework to facilitate traditional approaches. The particular challenges and requirements are sourced from the literature and on the strength of these we propose a rudimentary management framework to fulfil such task.

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