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Dr Mutlaq Alotaibi PhD

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User's behaviour with Organisational Information Security Policies

Information management and its processes have become a significant aspect of modern organizations. As a result, both practitioners and researchers are currently concentrating their efforts on information security (IS). The weakest link in the field of IS that was identified in the literature is the organization’s employees (Lebek et. al., 2013; Badie et al ,2012; Al-Omari et al., 2012 ).Therefore, IS policy compliance is one of the main challenges facing organizations today(Saran et al, 2009). Although implementing technical and procedural measures clearly helps to improve an organization's IS, the human factor or the employees' compliance with these measures is the key to success (Furnell and Clarke 2012). However, organizations are now facing security issues regarding the extent of employee adherence to policy. According to EY’s survey (2013), 57% of the surveyed organizations considered their employees to be the biggest threat to IS, whilst 38% indicated that unaware or careless employees pose the greatest threat. Further to this, it was supported by another report by PwC (2014), they mentioned that 70% of organizations where security policy was poorly understood had staff-related breaches versus, whereas 41% of organizations where the policy was well understood had the same.
The MPhil phase of this research will be dedicated to investigating the problem domain and explore the state-of-the-art of information security policy and its related areas, such as security awareness and training. This phase will build a comprehensive understanding of the challenges that hinder user's compliance with information security policy and existing solutions. This will include investigating through data collection and analysis via surveying of users and also direct interviews with information security specialists in some organizations.

Dr Mutlaq Alotaibi

Director of studies: Prof. Steven M Furnell
Other supervisors: Prof. Nathan L Clarke

Conference papers

Information Security Policies: A Review of Challenges and Influencing Factors
Alotaibi M, Furnell SM, Clarke NL
11th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST), pp 352-358, Barcelona, Spain, 2016
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Towards Dynamic Adaption of User's Organisational Information Security Behaviour
Alotaibi M, Furnell SM, Clarke NL
Proceedings of the 13th Australian Information Security Management Conference (AISM2015), Perth, Australia, pp28-36, ISBN 0-7298-0733-9, 2015
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2 Conference papers


User Behaviour with Organisational Information Security Policies
Alotaibi M, Furnell SM, Clarke NL
Proceedings of The 8th Saudi Students Conference, January 31 - February 1, 2015
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3 publication(s) - all categories.