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Eleventh International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2017)
Title: Identifying the Factors Affecting End-Users’ Risk-Taking Behavior
Author(s): Manal Alohali, Nathan Clarke, Fudong Li, Steve Furnell
Keywords: Personality Traits, BFI, Security behavior, Risk, Correlation, Information Security Management
Abstract: The end-user has frequently been identified as the weakest link; however, motivated by the fact that different users react differently to the same stimuli, identifying the reasons behind variations in security behavior and why certain users could be “at risk” more than others is a step towards protecting and defending users against security attacks. In this paper, the results of an online survey answered by 538 participants are analyzed to explore the effect of personality trait variations (through the Big Five Inventory (BFI)) on users’ security behaviors. In addition, age, gender, service usage and IT proficiency are also analyzed to identify what role and impact they have towards behavior. The results suggest that personality traits do play a significant role in affecting users’ security behavior risk levels. Further to that, the results suggest that BFI score of a trait has a significant effect as users online personality is linked to their offline personality especially in the conscientiousness personality trait. Additionally, this effect was stronger when personality was correlated with the factors of IT proficiency, gender, age and online activity.
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