Human factors in cybersecurity; examining the link between Internet addiction, impulsivity, attitudes towards cybersecurity, and risky cybersecurity behaviours

Hadlington, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9095-0517, 2017. Human factors in cybersecurity; examining the link between Internet addiction, impulsivity, attitudes towards cybersecurity, and risky cybersecurity behaviours. Heliyon, 3 (7): e00346. ISSN 2405-8440

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Abstract

The present study explored the relationship between risky cybersecurity behaviours, attitudes towards cybersecurity in a business environment, Internet addiction, and impulsivity. 538 participants in part-time or full-time employment in the UK completed an online questionnaire, with responses from 515 being used in the data analysis. The survey included an attitude towards cybercrime and cybersecurity in business scale, a measure of impulsivity, Internet addiction and a 'risky' cybersecurity behaviours scale. The results demonstrated that Internet addiction was a significant predictor for risky cybersecurity behaviours. A positive attitude towards cybersecurity in business was negatively related to risky cybersecurity behaviours. Finally, the measure of impulsivity revealed that both attentional and motor impulsivity were both significant positive predictors of risky cybersecurity behaviours, with non-planning being a significant negative predictor. The results present a further step in understanding the individual differences that may govern good cybersecurity practices, highlighting the need to focus directly on more effective training and awareness mechanisms.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Heliyon
Creators: Hadlington, L.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: July 2017
Volume: 3
Number: 7
ISSN: 2405-8440
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.heliyon.2017.e00346DOI
S2405844017309982Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 Sep 2019 09:05
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2019 09:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37560

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