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Understanding employees' perceptions of SETA events: the role of pedagogical and communication approaches

Understanding employees' perceptions of SETA events: the role of pedagogical and communication... Security education, training and awareness (SETA) programs are the key to addressing “people problems” in information systems (IS) security. Contrary to studies using conventional methods, the present study leveraged an “event” lens and dimensionalized employees' perceptions into three sub-dimensions: perceived novelty, perceived disruption and perceived criticality. Moreover, this research went a step further by examining how pedagogical and communication approaches to a SETA program affect employees' perceptions of the program. This study then investigated whether – and if so, how – these approaches impact employees' perceptions of the SETA program and their subsequent commitment to it.Design/methodology/approachUtilizing a factorial-based scenario survey, this study empirically tested a model of the above relationships via covariance-based structural equation modeling.FindingsThe results of this research showed that pedagogical approaches were more effective than communication approaches and that employees' perceptions of the SETA program accounted for a large variance in their commitment to SETA.Originality/valueFirst, this research deepens understanding of the protection of information assets by elaborating on the different approaches that organizations can take to encourage employees' commitment to SETA. Second, the study enriches the SETA literature by theorizing a SETA program as an organizational “event”, which represents a major shift from the conventional approach. Third, the study adds to the theoretical knowledge of the event lens by extending it to the SETA context and investigating the relationship among three event strength components. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Internet Research Emerald Publishing

Understanding employees' perceptions of SETA events: the role of pedagogical and communication approaches

Internet Research , Volume 34 (2): 26 – Mar 19, 2024

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1066-2243
DOI
10.1108/intr-06-2022-0455
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Abstract

Security education, training and awareness (SETA) programs are the key to addressing “people problems” in information systems (IS) security. Contrary to studies using conventional methods, the present study leveraged an “event” lens and dimensionalized employees' perceptions into three sub-dimensions: perceived novelty, perceived disruption and perceived criticality. Moreover, this research went a step further by examining how pedagogical and communication approaches to a SETA program affect employees' perceptions of the program. This study then investigated whether – and if so, how – these approaches impact employees' perceptions of the SETA program and their subsequent commitment to it.Design/methodology/approachUtilizing a factorial-based scenario survey, this study empirically tested a model of the above relationships via covariance-based structural equation modeling.FindingsThe results of this research showed that pedagogical approaches were more effective than communication approaches and that employees' perceptions of the SETA program accounted for a large variance in their commitment to SETA.Originality/valueFirst, this research deepens understanding of the protection of information assets by elaborating on the different approaches that organizations can take to encourage employees' commitment to SETA. Second, the study enriches the SETA literature by theorizing a SETA program as an organizational “event”, which represents a major shift from the conventional approach. Third, the study adds to the theoretical knowledge of the event lens by extending it to the SETA context and investigating the relationship among three event strength components.

Journal

Internet ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 19, 2024

Keywords: Security education; training; and awareness (SETA); Commitment; Information security; Pedagogical approach; Communication approach

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