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Reports from University of Adelaide Highlight Recent Findings in Information Security

June 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Research findings on Information Security are discussed in a new report. According to news originating from Adelaide, Australia, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "It is increasingly acknowledged that many threats to an organisation's computer systems can be attributed to the behaviour of computer users. To quantify these human-based information security vulnerabilities, we are developing the Human Aspects of Information Security Questionnaire (HAIS-Q)."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Adelaide, "The aim of this paper was twofold. The first aim was to outline the conceptual development of the HAIS-Q including validity and reliability testing. The second aim was to examine the relationship between knowledge of policy and procedures, attitude towards policy and procedures and behaviour when using a work computer. Results from 500 Australian employees indicate that knowledge of policy and procedures had a stronger influence on attitude towards policy and procedure than self-reported behaviour. This finding suggests that training and education will be more effective if it outlines not only what is expected (knowledge) but also provides an understanding of why this is important (attitude)."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Plans for future research to further develop and test the HAIS-Q are outlined."

For more information on this research see: Determining employee awareness using the Human Aspects of Information Security Questionnaire (HAIS-Q). Computers & Security, 2014;42():165-176. Computers & Security can be contacted at: Elsevier Advanced Technology, Oxford Fulfillment Centre The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Computers & Security -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from K. Parsons, University of Adelaide, Sch Business, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia. Additional authors for this research include A. McCormac, M. Butavicius, M. Pattinson and C. Jerram.

Keywords for this news article include: Adelaide, Computers, Information Security, Information Technology, Australia and New Zealand, Information and Data Security

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