Understanding employee security misbehavior in using organizational information systems Journal Articles uri icon

  • Overview


  • This study aims to investigate why users engage in "security misbehavior" (SMB) when using organizational information systems (IS). It is posited that user intention to engage in SMB is influenced by attitude toward SMB, workgroup norm, and perceived professional identit'j mismatch. Attitude toward SMB in tum is predicted by attitude toward targets (IS department and security policy), expectations of utilitarian outcome (perceived security risk, perceived accountability, and job performance expectation), workgroup norm, and perceived professional identity mismatch. The model was tested with partial least square (PLS) technique on data collected from a survey (N=1 04). The results suggested that both attitude toward SMB and workgroup norm have significant influence on SMB intention. User attitude toward SMB is influenced by workgroup norm and perceived identity mismatch. W orkgroup norm appear to be a key determinant of user SMB intention.


  • Guo, Ken H
  • Yuan, Yufei
  • McMaster, eBusiness Research Centre MeRC

publication date

  • January 2010