Information security is a complex topic that spans technology, systems, management and culture. This article proposes a relationship between family ownership influence of businesses and their success in implementing standardized information security management systems (ISMS). It further proposes a mixed method research style to further understand the nature and needs of family influenced businesses by qualitatively exploring the challenges that family influenced businesses face in implementing information security and quantitatively comparing the ISMS implementation and assimilation success of family influenced businesses to businesses that are not family influenced.