Responsive Regulation and the Reporting of Information Security Incidents — Taiwan and China

Issues & Studies, 48, 1: 85-119, 2012

35 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2015

Date Written: March 1, 2012


As most software used by government agencies and companies is proprietary, malicious computer activity targeting breaches in that software can be likened to a pandemic of an infectious disease in the cyber world. When a breach occurs, the consequences can be widespread and damaging because the damage can spread rapidly. Therefore, cybercrime prevention needs to involve all users in a cooperative effort,with warnings and information on countermeasures distributed to users in order to prevent the "disease" from spreading when unprotected computers encounter an attack. This cooperative effort relies heavily on all institutions reporting information security incidents. Based on institutional theory, together with regulatory pluralism and responsive regulation theory, this paper examines the pluralized regulatory approach adopted to promote a system for sharing reports of information security incidents in Taiwan and China. An expanded model of regulatory enforcement and a strengths-based pyramid are proposed and used as a framework for discussing existing systems for encouraging the reporting of information security incidents.

Keywords: Institutional theory; responsive regulation; information security; incident reporting; expanded regulatory pyramid

Suggested Citation

Chang, Lennon, Responsive Regulation and the Reporting of Information Security Incidents — Taiwan and China (March 1, 2012). Issues & Studies, 48, 1: 85-119, 2012. Available at SSRN:

Lennon Chang (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

Wellington Road
Victoria, Clayton 3800

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