Cybersecurity Policy Compliance in Higher Education: A Theoretical Framework

Yusif, Salifu and Hafeez-Baig, Abdul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3848-8008 (2021) Cybersecurity Policy Compliance in Higher Education: A Theoretical Framework. Journal of Applied Security Research. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1936-1610

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Abstract

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are open in their nature, decentralized, rich in population and private data, home to some ground-breaking research and innovations. As such, HEIs attract quite a substantial threat and cyberattacks due to their heavy reliance on the Internet. However, there is poor cybersecurity culture and low awareness that are motivated by generational differences that are characterised by “digital natives” and “digital residents” and gaps in technology savviness impacting cybersecurity compliance in a specific higher education environment. Whilst technologies to prevent and response to cyberattacks have been inevitable, their effectiveness lie extensively rather on heterogeneous human factors in enforcing their principles in the context of compliance. Thus, the objective of this study was to develop a theoretical framework for effective cybersecurity compliance strategy in HEIs. To do this, we would focus on critical factors such as cybersecurity and organizational cultures into compliance theory and protected motivated theory (PMT) respectively to help in understanding how cybersecurity compliance can be achieved in HEIs.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 04:55
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2021 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: compliance theory; Cybersecurity; cybersecurity culture; higher education institution; organizational culture; protected motivated theory
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100503 Computer Communications Networks
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400602 Data communications
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19361610.2021.1989271
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41791

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