Do we protect what we own? A proposed neurophysiological exploration of workplace information protection motivation

Shan Xiao, Merrill Warkentin, Eric Walden, Allen C. Johnston

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Abstract

Part-time and temporary employees and contractors become a major cybersecurity threat for organizations due to the ephemeral nature of their engagement. Compared with full-time employees, they may be less commited to the welfare of the organization and, therefore, less willing to engage in security recommendations to protect it. Perceived psychological ownership is an important factor that shapes employees’ security behaviors. The endowment effect also explains employees’ tendencies to overvalue information that belongs to them, and conversely, extend fewer protections to information that they view as belonging to others. Thus, employees may be more motivated to safeguard their own information than organizational information. From a principle-agent perspective, this study investigates how three types of employees perceive organizational and personal information, and how different employees make decisions about protecting their own versus organizational information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems and Neuroscience - NeuroIS Retreat 2019
EditorsFred D. Davis, René Riedl, René Riedl, Jan vom Brocke, Pierre-Majorique Léger, Adriane Randolph, Thomas Fischer
PublisherSpringer
Pages101-109
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030281434
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems and Neuroscience, NeuroIS Retreat 2019 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Jun 4 2019Jun 6 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Volume32
ISSN (Print)2195-4968
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems and Neuroscience, NeuroIS Retreat 2019
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period06/4/1906/6/19

Keywords

  • Agency theory
  • Contractors
  • Endowment effect
  • Full-time and temporary employees
  • IS security
  • Psychological ownership
  • fMRI

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