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Personality Type – A Valid Indicator of Security Champions?
Gabriel T, Furnell SM, Thomson KL
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security Volume 8, ISBN: 978-1-84102-293-2, pp68-75, 2011
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Information security training and awareness raising are widely recognised as particularly difficult areas to address. Aspects such as organisational behaviour, the incorporation of educational learning theories and adult education best practise appear to be commonly overlooked in existing security training approaches.

An initial study into security assessment of personnel via psychometric testing appears to provide a cost effective solution. A security assessment questionnaire is designed and constructed the results of which are compared with personality features from psychometric tests using multiple regression. Statistical analyses reveal that a number of personality attributes appear to correspond with an information security inclination. In particular the combination of ‘imagination’ and ‘immoderation’ appear to provide good predictive results.

Gabriel T, Furnell SM, Thomson KL