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Tenth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2016)

Tenth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2016)
Frankfurt, Germany, July 19-21, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-84102-413-4

Title: The Effect of Organisational Culture on Employee Security Behaviour: A Qualitative Study
Author(s): Lena Connolly, Michael Lang, John Gathegi, Doug Tygar
Reference: pp33-44
Keywords: Employee Security Behaviour, Organisational Culture, Information Security
Abstract: An increasing number of information security breaches in organisations presents a serious threat to the confidentiality of personal and commercially sensitive data. Recent research shows that humans are the weakest link in the security chain and the root cause of a great portion of security breaches. This paper draws on prior research on organisational culture to examine how cultural factors affect employee security behaviour. Data for this research project were collected in 15 organisations in the United States and Ireland through qualitative interviews. Our findings demonstrate that organisational culture values of solidarity and people-orientation promote information security compliance, while sociability and task-orientation have a negative effect on employee security behaviour.
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