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The effect of cybersecurity messages and personality on cybersecurity behavior.

Braakman, R. (2021) The effect of cybersecurity messages and personality on cybersecurity behavior.

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Abstract:Cybercrime is a rapidly growing problem. An increasing dependence on the Internet has created more and more risks and vulnerabilities and made it easier for criminals to make their moves in the online world. The first goal of this study is to investigate the effect of cybersecurity messages on the cybersecurity behavior and the intentions towards these behaviors. The second goal of this study is to investigate the potential effect of personality traits on cybersecurity behavior. An online survey was distributed through social media and through the University of Twente Sona website. The results suggest that personality traits do not have a significant effect on the cybersecurity behavior of the participants. The results also indicated that the expected positive effect of the combined message on the threat and coping appraisal was not found. Thus, no significant differences were found between the combined message compared to the individual threat and coping messages. Limitations and future research of this research are extensively discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87309
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