Dr. Noman H. Chowdhury Publishes in Behaviour and Information Technology

2022-08-05

The Center for Postgraduate Studies and Research congratulates Assistant Professor Dr. Noman H. Chowdhury from XMUM School of Economics & Management for the recent research article published in Behaviour & Information Technology as the first and the corresponding author.

Behaviour and Information Technology, an SSCI Q1 journal with an impact factor of 3.086, is A-rated by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC). The study was conducted in collaboration with researchers from Australia and Germany.

Time pressure, a common phenomenon in everyday workplace environments, is an important driver for non-secure cybersecurity behaviour in organizations. Under time pressure, users are more likely to rely upon fast, affect-driven decision-making, increasing their susceptibility to making mistakes and justifying non-secure workarounds. This contributes to the role of human error in cybersecurity and counteracts cybersecurity measures (CSMs) designed to protect organizations from threats and vulnerabilities. 

In the article entitled “Rushed to crack – On the perceived effectiveness of cybersecurity measures for secure behaviour under time pressure”, the authors report results from an online survey (N = 207), investigating how users perceive the effectiveness of CSMs for facilitating secure behaviour under time pressure. According to their research,  the effectiveness perceptions differ greatly across CSMs, while the users’ appreciation of incident severity and the general level of time pressure in their daily lives emerge as important antecedents of these perceptions. Four distinct CSM groups (Severity, Time Poor, Enthusiast, Invariant) are identified where each group’s CSMs exhibit a unique set of antecedents of perceived effectiveness. Meanwhile, the authors provide additional insights into the user perspective in terms of why users deem a particular CSM as effective (or ineffective) for situations of time pressure. These insights into users’ perceptions, as well as their motives and reasoning, can guide researchers and practitioners in devising strategies, awareness programmes, and training materials to facilitate secure behaviour.

“I am greatly thankful to my co-authors, Prof. Marc Adam from University of Newcastle, Australia and Prof. Timm Teubne from Faculty of Economics and Management, TU Berlin, for their invaluable contribution to the study. I also appreciate the encouraging colleagues and the environment at the School of Economics and Management, Xiamen University Malaysia,” said Dr. Noman H. Chowdhury.

The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2022.2092030

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