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Differences in IT Security Behavior and Knowledge of Private Users in Germany

Herbert, Franziska ; Schmidbauer-Wolf, Gina Maria ; Reuter, Christian (2022)
Differences in IT Security Behavior and Knowledge of Private Users in Germany.
WI 2020: 15. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik - Community Tracks. Potsdam, Germany (08.-11.03.2020)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00020742
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Abstract

The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) offers advice and recommendations for private users on how to behave securely. Based on these recommendations we investigate the IT security knowledge and behavior of private users with a representative study of the German population (N = 1.219). Additionally, we analyze the role of socio-demographic factors (gender, age, education, political orientation) for security knowledge and behavior. Results show that German private users have only moderate IT security knowledge and behavior, with aspects as gender, age, education and political orientation partly having an influence. Men, higher educated and politically moderately oriented participants show higher security knowledge, whereas young people and those less knowledgeable about security behave less security-conscious. Additionally, security knowledge and behavior correlate moderately. Therefore, to increase private users’ IT security we suggest to increase education and training especially for users being young, politically right-wing or female.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2022
Creators: Herbert, Franziska ; Schmidbauer-Wolf, Gina Maria ; Reuter, Christian
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Differences in IT Security Behavior and Knowledge of Private Users in Germany
Language: English
Date: 2022
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2020
Publisher: GITO mbH Verlag für Industrielle Informationstechnik und Organisation
Book Title: Proceedings der 15. Internationalen Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik 2020 : Entwicklungen, Chancen und Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung : WI 2020 : Community Tracks
Collation: 16 ungezählte Seiten
Event Title: WI 2020: 15. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik - Community Tracks
Event Location: Potsdam, Germany
Event Dates: 08.-11.03.2020
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00020742
URL / URN: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/20742
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Abstract:

The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) offers advice and recommendations for private users on how to behave securely. Based on these recommendations we investigate the IT security knowledge and behavior of private users with a representative study of the German population (N = 1.219). Additionally, we analyze the role of socio-demographic factors (gender, age, education, political orientation) for security knowledge and behavior. Results show that German private users have only moderate IT security knowledge and behavior, with aspects as gender, age, education and political orientation partly having an influence. Men, higher educated and politically moderately oriented participants show higher security knowledge, whereas young people and those less knowledgeable about security behave less security-conscious. Additionally, security knowledge and behavior correlate moderately. Therefore, to increase private users’ IT security we suggest to increase education and training especially for users being young, politically right-wing or female.

Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-207427
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Keywords: IT security, security knowledge, online behavior, security behavior

Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC)
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 13:16
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 11:38
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