Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Protection Motivation Theory Approach to Healthcare Cybersecurity: A Multiple Case Study
by Towbin, Ross Stuart, D.B.A., Northcentral University, 2019, 170; 13809084
Abstract (Summary)

Cyberattacks have occurred for many decades, but some organizations are not implementing measures to reduce the risk of these threats. The healthcare industry has had more than 30 years' worth of cyberattacks, yet many healthcare organizations do not have adequate measures against these risks. The problem addressed by this study was that healthcare organizations are vulnerable to cyberattacks, yet leadership at few healthcare organizations actively implement adequate cybersecurity practices. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study with in-person interviews was to identify how employee motivation affects cybersecurity implementation in healthcare facilities in Southeast Michigan and Mid-Michigan areas. The researcher used protection motivation theory to explore how employee motivation affects cybersecurity implementation in healthcare facilities. A qualitative multiple case study with in-person interviews was used to collect the data. The study population was employees at healthcare facilities. The study sample was five employees from each of two healthcare facilities in Southeast Michigan and Mid-Michigan areas. Participants expressed knowledge regarding the seriousness of the threats and implemented some safeguards, but they do not believe the threat likelihood is severe enough to motivate any additional action or interest. Most participants believed current preventative measures were effective, however since the threats were unlikely there was no motivation for additional preventative measures. The literature review indicated that most companies had experienced cyberthreats, creating a potential disconnect with these participants' perceptions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sopko, Leila
Commitee: Bakari, Marie, Kimmel, Sharon
School: Northcentral University
Department: Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Business administration, Information Technology, Health care management
Keywords: Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, Employee motivation, Healthcare, Information security, Protection motivation theory
Publication Number: 13809084
ISBN: 978-1-392-03385-2
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