Visible to the public Cultural and Psychological Factors in Cyber-security

TitleCultural and Psychological Factors in Cyber-security
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHalevi, Tzipora, Memon, Nasir, Lewis, James, Kumaraguru, Ponnurangam, Arora, Sumit, Dagar, Nikita, Aloul, Fadi, Chen, Jay
Conference NameProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications and Services
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-4503-4807-2
KeywordsCollaboration, culture, cyber-security, governance, Government, Human Behavior, human factors, Metrics, personality traits, policy, policy-based governance, privacy, pubcrawl, Resiliency, Security weakness, security weaknesses

Increasing cyber-security presents an ongoing challenge to security professionals. Research continuously suggests that online users are a weak link in information security. This research explores the relationship between cyber-security and cultural, personality and demographic variables. This study was conducted in four different countries and presents a multi-cultural view of cyber-security. In particular, it looks at how behavior, self-efficacy and privacy attitude are affected by culture compared to other psychological and demographics variables (such as gender and computer expertise). It also examines what kind of data people tend to share online and how culture affects these choices. This work supports the idea of developing personality based UI design to increase users' cyber-security. Its results show that certain personality traits affect the user cyber-security related behavior across different cultures, which further reinforces their contribution compared to cultural effects.

Citation Keyhalevi_cultural_2016