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Can Cyberloafing and Internet Addiction Affect Organizational Information Security?
Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2017 Sep; 20(9):567-571.CB

Abstract

Researchers have noted potential links between Internet addiction, the use of work computers for nonwork purposes and an increased risk of threat to the organization from breaches in cybersecurity. However, much of this research appears conjectural in nature and lacks clear empirical evidence to support such claims. To fill this knowledge gap, a questionnaire-based study explored the link between cyberloafing, Internet addiction, and information security awareness (ISA). A total of 338 participants completed an online questionnaire, which comprised of the Online Cognition Scale, Cyberloafing Scale, and the Human Aspects of Information Security Questionnaire. Participants who reported higher Internet addiction and cyberloafing tendencies had lower ISA, and Internet addiction and cyberloafing predicted a significant 45 percent of the variance in ISA. Serious cyberloafing, such as the propensity to visit adult websites and online gambling, was shown to be the significant predictor for poorer ISA. Implications for organizations and recommendations to reduce or manage inappropriate Internet use are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1 Psychology Division, De Montfort University , Leicester, United Kingdom .2 Defence Science and Technology Group , Edinburgh, South Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28872364

Citation

Hadlington, Lee, and Kathryn Parsons. "Can Cyberloafing and Internet Addiction Affect Organizational Information Security?" Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, vol. 20, no. 9, 2017, pp. 567-571.
Hadlington L, Parsons K. Can Cyberloafing and Internet Addiction Affect Organizational Information Security? Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2017;20(9):567-571.
Hadlington, L., & Parsons, K. (2017). Can Cyberloafing and Internet Addiction Affect Organizational Information Security? Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 20(9), 567-571. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2017.0239
Hadlington L, Parsons K. Can Cyberloafing and Internet Addiction Affect Organizational Information Security. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2017;20(9):567-571. PubMed PMID: 28872364.
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