People-Centric Information Assurance
People-Centric IA is about making the systems and structures of the digital society reliable, safe and secure for ordinary people who are the citizens of the digital society. These people include the elderly, the young, the technically skilled, the technically unskilled or illiterate, the professional, the labourer, UK residents and overseas visitors, the unemployed, the vulnerable and the marginalised, the 'information-rich', the 'information-poor', the elderly aunt and the 'Generation Z' youngster.
Firstly PCIA is about guiding the emergence and development of the digital society so it stays in touch with all the citizens it purports to serve. Secondly it is about guiding people to engage with those aspects of the "new ways" which can be of use to them or life-enhancing or provide them with benefits.
People-Centric IA is not the same as what is referred to on the conference circuit as Human Factors. Human Factors covers topics such as "the insider threat" and "IA professionalism". These are organisation-centric IA issues that are, quite properly, receiving much attention by academia and other research bodies.
IAAC is taking a people-centric approach towards PCIA rather than organisation-centric perspective. It concentrates on those topics which it believes are most important for people participating in an information-centric society, topics which are as yet not receiving wide attention by other bodies."
IAAC’s PCIA work is being conducted in three stages: