Research Library

The world’s first globally accessible archive of research into the human aspect of cyber security and behavioural science as applied to cyber security awareness and online behavioural change.

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Online security threats and computer user intentions

Although computer users are aware of spyware, they typically do not take protective steps against it. A recent study looks into the reasons for this apathy and suggests boosting users' confidence in installing and operating antispyware solutions as an effective remedy.

Indirect warnings and instructions produce behavioral compliance

In this study, participants performed a computer memory task while compliance to three safety measures was monitored. Compling with indirect warnings – that is, warnings triggered by entities other than researchers – was not significantly different to compliance with...

Why do employees violate is security policies?

Employee violations of IS security policies is recognized as a key concern for organizations. Although interest in IS security has risen in recent years, little empirical research has examined this problem. To address this research gap, this dissertation identifies...

Why science tells us not to rely on eyewitness accounts

This article reports human memories as reconstructed fragments of information, as opposed to recorded feedback. According to the article false memories are easily recalled, jeopardising eyewitness reports. Eyewitness reports should therefore perhaps be used with...

Scare tactics – A viable weapon in the security war?

End users are frequently criticised as the sources of bad security practice, and it is suggested they might take the issue more seriously if they experienced a breach. An option for enabling this would be for security administrators to deliberately create conditions...