Exploring the role of work identity and work locus of control in information security awareness

Hadlington, Lee and Popovac, Maša and Janicke, Helge and Yevseyeva, Iryna and Jones, Kevin (2018) Exploring the role of work identity and work locus of control in information security awareness. Computers & Security, 81. pp. 41-48. ISSN 0167-4048

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Abstract

A growing body of research evidence has been focused on exploring aspects of individual differences in the context of human factors and adherence to organisational information security. The present study aimed to extend this research by exploring three individual variables related directly to the individual’s perceived control within the workplace, their commitment to current work identity, and the extent to which they are reconsidering commitment to work. A total 1003 participants aged between 18-65 (Mean = 40.29; SD = 12.28), who were in full or part-time employment took part in the study. The results demonstrated that work locus of control acted as a significant predictor for total scores on a measure of information security awareness. Those individuals who demonstrated more externality had weaker engagement in accepted information security within the workplace. The findings from the current study are discussed in the context of potential links to counterproductive work behaviours, as well as presenting possible practical routes for intervention strategies to help mitigate poor engagement in information security awareness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information Security Awareness, Work Locus of Control, Work Identity, Counterproductive Work Behaviours; Organisational Security
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Masa Popovac
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2018 15:06
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/280

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