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Title:Smartphones usage at workplace: Assessing information security risks from accessibility perspective
Author(s):Shaikh, Asif
Subject(s):Smartphones usage
Identity fraud
Routine activity theory
Abstract:Innovations in technology have created opportunities for employees to be increasingly efficient, productive and always connected to both internal and external customers as they go about their everyday lives using consumer IT tools and resources. This leads to increasingly employee's use of such resources at hand while performing their routine activities at workplaces due to inherent features of connectivity that allow ease of access to information assets. Building on the significance of effort expectancy (ease of use) in earlier research on smartphone adoption at workplace, this study seeks to examine from the aspect of accessibility (ease of access) as a key feature of smart phone usage. It adapts key constructs of Routine Activity Theory (RAT) in the premises of information systems security, viewing the construct of accessibility (ease of copying/transfer data) as a risk associated with the smartphone usage at workplace. That is, focusing on the probability of convenience (opportunity) as a motivation to commit crime. Through analysis of extant literature and theoretical assertions, it presents a theoretical model that can help identify the relationship between smartphone usage and occurrence of insider fraud incidents in the presence of certain situational stimuli. This study assumes that there are possible implications at workplace in terms of ease of access which a smartphone device provides to an employee allowing them to copy/transfer sensitive information assets conveniently, the practice that may actually increase the occurrence of detrimental security behaviors in the absence of management controls.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Asif Shaikh
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17

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