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Eleventh International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2017)
Title: The Influence of Organizational Commitment on Information Security Policy Compliance
Author(s): Val Hooper, Jacques Ophoff
Keywords: Organizational commitment, Protection Motivation Theory, Affective commitment, Normative commitment, Continuance commitment
Abstract: The influence of fear appeals, in terms of threat appraisals and coping appraisals, on security compliance has been examined by many researchers. However, findings have been mixed and this has been attributed to a possible misapplication of the Protection Motivation Theory. We address the issue of questionable personal relevance of the threat by introducing organizational commitment (affective, normative, continuance commitment) as a further influence on compliance behaviour. Using a survey of organizational employees we found that affective commitment exerted an influence on social influence while normative commitment influenced response cost. The threat severity did not exert an influence on compliance behaviour.
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