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Applying network analysis to investigate interpersonal influence of information security behaviours in the workplace


Publication date: Available online 9 December 2016 Source:Information & Management Author(s): Duy Dang-Pham, Siddhi Pittayachawan, Vince Bruno

As organisations are developing people-centric security workplaces, where proactive security behaviours are fostered, it is important to understand more about the sources of security influence. This research applied social network analysis methods to investigate security influence within a large interior contractor in Vietnam. The findings revealed that security influence occurs between employees in the same department, particularly those in senior positions, have longer tenure or younger age. Engagement in daily work and security-related activities can also increase the likelihood of influencing security behaviours. Moreover, the security influence network is transitive and has a hierarchical structure.