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The Impact of Threat and Efficacy on Information Security Behavior: Applying an Extended Parallel Process Model to the Fear of Ransomware.

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Title:The Impact of Threat and Efficacy on Information Security Behavior: Applying an Extended Parallel Process Model to the Fear of Ransomware.
Authors:Masuch, Kristin
Hengstler, Sebastian
Schulze, Laura
Trang, Simon
Keywords:The Dark Side of Information Technology Use
efficacy
extended parallel process model
information security behavior
ransomware
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Date Issued:05 Jan 2021
Abstract:Information security has become an increasingly important aspect in companies and households during this time of digitalization. Cyber attacks and especially ransomware attacks are a growing threat. How people react to and perceive this threat is a central component of this study. This paper is meant to investigate how threat and efficacy influence individuals’ information security behavior. For this purpose, a structural equation model was developed using the Extended Parallel Process Model (EPPM). The results show that participants who received a low threat message in their ransom demand were less afraid and more likely to deal with the issue. At the same time, they were not as confident as people who perceived a significant threat. Participants who felt that they had little adequate protection against ransomware were more fearful and therefore dealt with the topic more defensively. Conversely, they also had the intention to behave safely.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/71423
ISBN:978-0-9981331-4-0
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2021.803
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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