Can Trust be Trusted in Cybersecurity?

Pienta, Daniel
Tams, Stefan
Thatcher, Jason
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Human compliance in cybersecurity continues to be a persistent problem for organizations. This research-in-progress advances theoretical understanding of the negative effects of trust formed between individuals and the cybersecurity function (i.e., those responsible for protection), cybersecurity system (i.e., the protective technologies), and organization (i.e., those verifying the cybersecurity department) that leads to suboptimal compliance behaviors. In contrast to the current information security literature that focuses on how organizations can induce compliance, this study begins to provide understanding into the degradation of compliance by organizations and how to combat it. An integrated model is conceptualized using the theories of trust and attention. This model provides the theoretical foundation to study the role of dark side trust in the context of cybersecurity and provides initial mechanisms to reduce it. Additionally, by developing this conceptualization of dark side trust and model, this study contributes to the general study of trust in information systems research outside of the domain of cybersecurity.
Innovative Behavioral IS Security and Privacy Research, attention, compliance, cybersecurity, dark side trust, mindfulness, suspicion
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