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The amplification effects of procedural justice on a threat control model of information systems security behaviours

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Organisations are increasingly impacted by employee failures to implement readily available systems security countermeasures that result in security lapses. An area where this is most intriguing is among those organisational members who know how to implement security measures but do not do so. Important suggestions have been made, but despite them, the problem continues, and even grows worse. Most of the research into these security behaviours have been either purely self-report perceptions (many with low response rates) or have consisted of theory and model building and testing. In addition, the extant research has concentrated on either individual or organisational factors. With our research, we were interested in addressing two literature gaps: (1) to determine how well perceptions of security behaviours translated into the world of practice, and (2) to understand the relationships between individual and organisational factors. Our study found that individual factors outlined in the threat control model amplified with high perceptions of organisational procedural justice on taking specified security countermeasures. Consequently, we make recommendations for research and practice.

Keywords: information security behaviours; procedural justice; security lapses; threat control model

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Florida Institute of Technology, College of Business, Melbourne, FL, USA 2: Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno, CA, USA 3: J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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