Barriers of trust in information sharing networks
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- Institutt for design 
The research area in question in this thesis is an analysis of success factors in information sharing trust networks that are designed to combat cyber crime. Information sharing is one of the key elements in successful security work, both in intrusion prevention as well as detection and incident handling. Information sharing has been addressed by numerous national institutions, and also international bodies like the EU committees CEPS and ENISA. However, many of the research questions posed are of a technical nature, focusing on the technical side of creating an information sharing regime. Trust is just as important, and it partly replaces control. Based on interviews with key persons in security organizations, and on literature review, we look into elements of trust culture and the impact these have on a successful information network. We raise questions on the importance and facilitation of personal trust, and the impact of laws and regulations governing these areas, considering the lack of defined judiciary and of possible reprisals in trust communities. We look into the complex area of trust of intent, the constraints this puts on group size, and the complications of having participation by representation. We take into consideration relevant trust inhibitors and -enablers, both in terms of culture, communication mechanisms and trust network structure, and we consider whether political correctness can be an inhibitor of trust. We also provide some trust network recommendations based on our research.