Can cyberloafing and Internet addiction affect organizational information security?

Hadlington, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-9095-0517 and Parsons, K., 2017. Can cyberloafing and Internet addiction affect organizational information security? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20 (9), pp. 567-571. ISSN 2152-2715

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Researchers have noted potential links between Internet addiction, the use of work computers for non-work purposes and an increased risk of threat to the organisation from breaches in cybersecurity. However, much of this research appears conjectural in nature and lacks clear empirical evidence to support such claims. In order to fill this knowledge gap, a questionnaire-based study explored the link between cyberloafing, Internet addiction, and information security awareness (ISA). A total of 338 participants completed an online questionnaire, which comprised of the Online Cognition Scale (OCS), Cyberloafing scale, and the Human Aspects of Information Security Questionnaire (HAIS-Q). Participants who reported higher Internet addiction and cyberloafing tendencies had lower ISA, and Internet addiction and cyberloafing predicted a significant 45% of the variance in ISA. Serious cyberloafing, such as the propensity to visit adult websites and online gambling, was shown to be the significant predictor for poorer ISA. Implications for organisations and recommendations to reduce or manage inappropriate Internet use are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Hadlington, L. and Parsons, K.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Date: 1 September 2017
Volume: 20
Number: 9
ISSN: 2152-2715
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 03 Sep 2019 08:35
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 14:06

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