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Eleventh International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2017)
Title: The Lemming Effect in Information Security
Author(s): Dirk Snyman, Hennie Kruger, Wayne Kearney
Keywords: Information security; lemming effect; human behaviour; behaviour threshold analysis; group psychology.
Abstract: This research describes the first investigation of the lemming effect in information security by means of behavioural threshold analysis in practice. The analysis of group dynamic indicates that the lemming effect is indeed present in information security behaviour and the analysis thereof can be employed to assist companies in understanding the manner in which employees influence each other in their information security behaviour. By identifying possible problem areas this approach can also assist in directing their information security education endeavours towards the most relevant topics.
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