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An Analysis of Employee Information Security Policy Compliance Behavior: A Generic Qualitative Inquiry
by Roberts, Dustin Joseph, D.I.T., Capella University, 2021, 132; 28262255
Abstract (Summary)

Information is essential for every organization. Organizations have identified people as a significant liability to information security governance. The purpose of this generic qualitative inquiry is to understand the constructs that encourage information security policy (ISP) compliance behavior for end-users in businesses as informed by behavioral decision theory (BDT). The certified information systems security professional (CISSP) is rich in information technology (IT) knowledge and the sample population for this study. This generic qualitative inquiry includes open-ended questions in semi-structured interviews with inductive thematic analysis to accumulate and examine participant response information in a way that identifies causative elements of the phenomena under investigation. This inquiry addresses the need for more qualitative study regarding human behavior within empirical information security governance literature. Evoked empirical data from this inquiry suggests cost-benefit calculations must occur at the top management level, so undesired cost-benefit predictions do not happen at the end-user level. Insider threats perceive cost-benefit calculations differently. Deterrence effectiveness to encourage ISP compliance behavior depends on the deterrent. There is a top-down influence on end-user ISP compliance behavior. Training is paramount to promote ISP compliance behavior. Supervisors and middle-management are instrumental towards ensuring end-users comply with policy but are typically end-users themselves. Recommendations for future research include qualitative and quantitative studies regarding ISP compliance or non-compliance behavior.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chamberlain, Celeste
Commitee: Hiley, Michael, Pandya, Shardul
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business, Technology and Health Administration
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology
Keywords: Certified information systems security professional, Compliance behavior, Cyber security, Cybersecurity, Information assurance, Information security governance
Publication Number: 28262255
ISBN: 9798557042291
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