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This purpose of this paper is to show how the implementation of information systems security policies in an organization can be improved by applying a power exercise model. It argues that stakeholders' awareness of the power being exercised by the policy enforcers, affects the success of the policy implementation. The model is developed by adapting, and extending, a power exercise framework presented by Markus and Bj?rn-Andersen. The information systems security policy model is applied to the introduction and compliance of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) at Health Co-Systems, a non-profit health care organization in a major United States city.
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