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Issues and Challenges for Secured Ad Hoc Collaboration

Issues and Challenges for Secured Ad Hoc Collaboration
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Author(s): Kristie Kosaka (Claremont Graduate University, USA) and Samir Chatterjee (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch028

Abstract

Advances in science and engineering are driven by collaborative efforts focused on sharing ideas, data and accessing computing resources and experimental facilities. Teams of researchers from various parts of the world communicate with each other using various modalities that include messaging, email, telephone, voice over IP and video-conferencing. Securing such communications poses some difficulties. Recent advances in middleware have led to widely available collaboration tools that are used today by disparate research teams. Although minimal security in terms of authentication and privacy is available, it is clear that such security is only available when using similar tools in a carefully configured environment. In a mobile world where people are often traveling while working, it is quite evident there is no support for ad hoc collaboration. Ad hoc collaboration is defined as environments that 1) support “spontaneous” collaboration, where two or more people have an unplanned interaction or 2) enable participants to create collaboration groups “on the fly” with little involvement from an administrator. Securing such interaction is very challenging. [1]

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