Information system security assimilation : a theoretical and empirical model

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Information system security assimilation : a theoretical and empirical model

 

Author: Chin, Shu-kai Eric
Title: Information system security assimilation : a theoretical and empirical model
Degree: D.B.A.
Year: 2008
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Computer security.
Computer networks -- Security measures.
Industrial management.
Department: Graduate School of Business
Pages: viii, 408 leaves : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2240598
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4026
Abstract: Drawing upon institutional theory and general deterrence theory, this study presents the development and empirical validation of a model that aims to facilitate a greater understanding of the extent to which information system security (ISS) is assimilated within an organization. The paper posits that top management mediates the external influence of coercive, mimetic and normative forces and top management participation influences the internal general deterrence factors of system policy, system awareness and system security investment on ISS assimilation within an organization. Data from 206 organizations are used to test the proposed structural model using partial least squares (PLS) analysis. The results of partial least squares analyses suggest that coercive forces and normative forces positively affect top management belief, which in turn positively affects top management participation in the ISS assimilation process. Top management participation is confirmed to have a positive effect on the degree of ISS assimilation within an organization. The results also suggest that top management participation positively affect the general deterrence factors in which security awareness and security system investment positively affect the ISS assimilation. This research model provides evidence that top management mediates the effect of institutional forces and top management participation influences general deterrence factors on ISS assimilation. This study contributes to the body of ISS literature by extending the understanding of the effect of institutional forces and general deterrence factors on ISS assimilation. The implications of this study for ISS theory and practice are discussed.

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