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Mr Emad Sherif

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The Role of Culture in Influencing Employees’ Security Compliance

A significant volume of security breaches occur as a result of human aspects and it is consequently important for these to be given attention alongside technical aspects. Recent research shows that as many as 35% globally (UK 37%) of data breaches happen due to a negligent employee ‘human factor’ (Ponemon Institute, 2013). Researchers argued that culture influences employees’ behaviour and therefore developing a culture of security can contribute in minimising or avoiding security breaches (Ashenden and Sasse, 2013; Furnell and Clarke, 2005; Furnell and Thomson, 2009). Although, the concept of security culture is not new, little empirical evidence exists as to its nature or composition (Nazarian et al., 2013). To date, it is largely hypothesised that cultivating security culture can have a positive effect on employees’ security compliance.
The MPhil phase will seek to develop a better understanding of information security culture along with developing models that identify the variables that would contribute towards cultivating it. Specifically, the research will examine the roles that national and organisational cultures have in determining a person’s propensity to exhibit a security culture. Although information security researchers have largely ignored the importance of cross-cultural research, this project will contribute in understanding the security values that exist within different cultures

Mr Emad Sherif

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

Journal papers

A Conceptual Model for Cultivating an Information Security Culture
Sherif E, Furnell SM
International Journal for Information Security Research (IJISR), Volume 5, Issue 2, pp565-573, 2015
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1 Journal papers

1 publication(s) - all categories.