A Model for Describing and Maximising Security Knowledge Sharing to Enhance Security Awareness

Alahmari, S., Renaud, K. and Omoronyia, I. (2020) A Model for Describing and Maximising Security Knowledge Sharing to Enhance Security Awareness. In: 16th European Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS 2019), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 09-10 Dec 2019, pp. 376-390. ISBN 9783030443214 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-44322-1_28)

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Employees play a crucial role in enhancing information security in the workplace, and this requires everyone having the requisite security knowledge and know-how. To maximise knowledge levels, organisations should encourage and facilitate Security Knowledge Sharing (SKS) between employees. To maximise sharing, we need first to understand the mechanisms whereby such sharing takes place and then to encourage and engender such sharing. A study was carried out to test the applicability of Transactive Memory Systems Theory in describing knowledge sharing in this context, which confirmed its applicability in this domain. To encourage security knowledge sharing, the harnessing of Self-Determination Theory was proposed— satisfying employee autonomy, relatedness and competence needs to maximise sharing. Such sharing is required to improve and enhance employee security awareness across organisations. We propose a model to describe the mechanisms for such sharing as well as the means by which it can be encouraged.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Karen and Omoronyia, Dr Inah and Alahmari, Saad Abdullah S
Authors: Alahmari, S., Renaud, K., and Omoronyia, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Published Online:18 April 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
First Published:First published in Information Systems: 16th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference, EMCIS 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 9–10, 2019, Proceedings: 376-390
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