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TitleBehavior Ever Follows Intention? A Validation of the Security Behavior Intentions Scale (SeBIS)
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSerge Egelman, Marian Harbach, Eyal Peer
Conference NameCHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Date Published05/2016
PublisherACM New York, NY, USA ©2016
Conference LocationSanta Clara, CA
KeywordsCMU, July'16, Security behavior; measurement; user studies

The Security Behavior Intentions Scale (SeBIS) measures the computer security attitudes of end-users. Because intentions are a prerequisite for planned behavior, the scale could therefore be useful for predicting users' computer security behaviors. We performed three experiments to identify correlations between each of SeBIS's four sub-scales and relevant computer security behaviors. We found that testing high on the awareness sub-scale correlated with correctly identifying a phishing website; testing high on the passwords sub-scale correlated with creating passwords that could not be quickly cracked; testing high on the updating sub-scale correlated with applying software updates; and testing high on the securement sub-scale correlated with smartphone lock screen usage (e.g., PINs). Our results indicate that SeBIS predicts certain computer security behaviors and that it is a reliable and valid tool that should be used in future research.

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