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Type: Conference paper
Title: Factors that influence information security behavior: an Australian web-based study
Author: Pattinson, M.
Butavicius, M.
Parsons, K.
McCormac, A.
Calic, D.
Citation: Proceedings of the International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust, 2015 / Tryfonas, T., Askoxylakis, I. (ed./s), vol.9190, pp.231-241
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2015
Series/Report no.: LNCS
ISBN: 9783319203751
ISSN: 0302-9743
Conference Name: International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust (HAS) (02 Aug 2015 - 07 Aug 2015 : Los Angeles, CA)
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Malcolm Pattinson, Marcus Butavicius, Kathryn Parsons, Agata McCormac, and Dragana Calic
Abstract: Information Security professionals have been attempting to convince senior management for many years that humans represent a major risk to the security of an organization’s computer systems and the information that these systems process. This major threat relates to the behavior of employees whilst they are using a computer at work. This paper examines the non-malicious computer-based behavior and how it is influenced by a mixture of individual, organizational and interventional factors. The specific factors reported herein include an employee’s age; education level; ability to control impulsivity; familiarity with computers; and personality. This research utilized the Qualtrics online web-based survey software to develop and distribute a questionnaire that resulted in 500 valid responses. The major conclusions of this research are that an employee’s accidental-naive behavior is likely to be less risky if they are more conscientious; older; more agreeable; less impulsive; more open; and, surprisingly, less familiar with computers.
Keywords: Information security (InfoSec); Information risk; Human aspects of cyber security (HACS); Behavioral information security; Risk management
Description: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9190
Rights: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
RMID: 0030041982
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-20376-8_21
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