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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Michael R. Grimaila, PhD


This research extends the Strategic Information Systems Plan (SISP) and Strategic Business Plan (SBP) alignment model construct by adding the Information Security Plan (ISP) as an additional component considered essential to the success of network centric organizations. Six hypotheses were considered to measure the two-way alignment among three components of the proposed model. The research was adapted for a public sector organization and analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test. A vertical, cross-sectional sample from the United States Marine Corps, a Department of Defense organization, was surveyed (n = 149). Results indicate a strong two-way alignment exists between SISP - SBP (p = .232 and .910), between SISP - ISP (p = .445 and .467), and between SBP - ISP (p = .205 and .490). The research instrument developed in this work enables the evaluation of public and private sector organizations determine the strength of their strategic alignment in terms of security, information technology, and business objectives.

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