Cybersecurity & AIS

Cybersecurity - Research 

Thought Leadership, Funding Specific Research Projects 

 

Phishing 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Factors Affecting Individuals' Susceptibility to Cyber Attacks.  

  • Research team is Efrim Boritz, Jessie Ge, and Katharine Patterson.  

  • Objective: To explore personality traits related to susceptibility to cybersecurity threats. Research team is Efrim Boritz, Kate Patterson and Jessica Ge. Support for this research was provided by Richter LLP.  

  • This paper was published in the Fall 2022 issue of the Journal of Information Systems.

 

Cybersecurity Research in Accounting Information Systems 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Cybersecurity Research in Accounting Information Systems. 

  • Research team is Alec Cram, David Wang, and Jonathan Yuan.  

  • The objective is to uncover the unique insights that AIS research has contributed to the study of cybersecurity and what promising directions for AIS research into cybersecurity remain untapped.  

 

Cybersecurity Fatigue 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Cybersecurity Fatigue. 
  • Research team is Alec Cram, Jeff Proudfoot and John D'Arcy. 
  • The objective is to understand how employees become tired and disillusioned with security-related initiatives in organizations.  
  • A paper from this project was published (Volume 31, Issue 4) in the Information Systems Journal (ISJ). 

 

Cybersecurity Incident Notifications 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Show-and-Tell or Hide-and-Seek? Examining Organizational Cybersecurity Incident Notifications. 
  • Research team is Alec Cram and Rissaile Mouajou-Kenfack.  
  • Included in the proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (January 2022). 
  • An updated manuscript was presented at the Cybersecurity Emerging Research Symposium at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in May 2022.  

 

Cybersecurity Strategy Changes Over Time 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Out with the Old, In with the New: Examining National Cybersecurity Strategy Changes Over Time.  
  • Research team is Alec Cram and Jonathan Yuan.  
  • Presented and included in the proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (January 2022). 

 

Cybersecurity Illegitimacy 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): “What a Waste of Time”: A Longitudinal Examination of Cybersecurity Illegitimacy. 
  • Research team is Alec Cram and John D'Arcy. 
  • This research introduces employee judgements of cybersecurity illegitimacy as a new angle for understanding employee compliance with cybersecurity policies over time. 

 

Cybersecurity Regulations 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Weathering the Storm: Charting a Course for Organizations to Navigate the Raging Tempest of Cybersecurity Regulations. 
  • Research team is Jeff Proudfoot and Alec Cram. 
  • This research aims to clarify how cybersecurity regulations are operationalized in organizations, as well as reveal the compliance and performance consequences of cybersecurity regulations. 

Cybersecurity – Education and Knowledge Transfer 

Disseminating Best Practices, Sharing Material (Workshops / Conferences) 

Developing Courses, Workshops, Cases and Other Teaching Material 

 

Cybersecurity Undergraduate Elective Course 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Alec Cram developed a new undergraduate elective course at UW called AFM 347 - Cybersecurity. The course has been offered twice so far (Fall 2021 and Winter 2022) and is underway again in Fall 2022. 

Cybersecurity – Interaction 

 

Alliances and Relationships - AICPA 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Efrim is a member of the AICPA Trust Services Information Integrity Task Force, the Cybersecurity Task Force. Updated SOC guidance is in progress. Response to SEC proposal on Cybersecurity Risks is in progress.

 

Alliances and Relationships – UW CPI Institute 

  • Activities during current fiscal period (cumulative): Alec Cram is a member.