Toward a better understanding of SMB CEOs' information security behavior: Insights from threat or coping appraisal

Yves Barlette, Katherine Gundolf, Annabelle Jaouen

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Abstract

This study presents an empirical investigation of factors affecting SMB CEOs decision to improve or not their company's information security (ISS). We developed a research model by adopting the protection motivation theory (PMT) to investigate the effect of threat and coping appraisal on protective actions. We conducted a questionnaire-based survey with SMB CEOs. Prior studies using PMT have never been focused on SMB CEOs behavior, and we postulate that in SMBs where there is no CIO or even IT people, CEO's actions are of utmost importance for achieving a satisfying ISS.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Symposium of the Association Information and Management 2015, AIM 2015 - Rabat, Morocco
Duration: 20 May 201522 May 2015

Conference

Conference20th Symposium of the Association Information and Management 2015, AIM 2015
CountryMorocco
CityRabat
Period20.05.201522.05.2015

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • CEO
  • Coping
  • Information security
  • Protection motivation theory
  • SMB

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