A model for describing and maximising Security Knowledge Sharing to enhance security awareness

Saad Alahmari*, Karen Renaud, Inah Omoronyia

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation systems
Subtitle of host publication16th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference, EMCIS 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 9–10, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsMarinos Themistocleous, Maria Papadaki
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages376-390
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030443221
ISBN (Print)9783030443214
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2020
Event16th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems - British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 Dec 201910 Dec 2019
Conference number: 16th
https://web.archive.org/web/20190921174404/http://emcis.eu/

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP)
PublisherSpringer
Volume381
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356

Conference

Conference16th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleEMCIS 2019
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period9/12/1910/12/19
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    Alahmari, S., Renaud, K., & Omoronyia, I. (2020). A model for describing and maximising Security Knowledge Sharing to enhance security awareness. In M. Themistocleous, & M. Papadaki (Eds.), Information systems: 16th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference, EMCIS 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 9–10, 2019, Proceedings (pp. 376-390). (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP); Vol. 381). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44322-1_28