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A Survey of Factors Influencing People’s Perception of Information Security

  • Ding-Long Huang
  • Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
  • Gavriel Salvendy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4553)

Abstract

Information security is a great concern to computer users, which is not only a technical problem, but also related to human factors. The objective of this study is to investigate the factors that can influence people’s perception of different threats to information security. In the survey study, 602 respondents were asked to evaluate one of 21 common threats to information security with regard to its position on each of the 20 threat-related items. An exploratory factor analysis was then conducted, and a six-factor structure modeling people’s perception of different threats to information security was derived. The relations between the factors and the perceived overall danger of threats were also tested by multiple regression analyses.

Keywords

Perception Information Security Survey Factor Analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ding-Long Huang
    • 1
  • Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
    • 1
  • Gavriel Salvendy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084China

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