A review of behavioural research on data security

Martin Maguire, Nathan Stuttard, Andrew Morris, Eleonor Harvey


Protection of confidential information or data from being leaked to the public is a growing concern among organisations and individuals. This paper presents the results of the search for literature on behavioural and security aspects of data protection. The topics covered by this review include a summary of the changes brought about by the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). It covers human and behavioural aspects of data protection, security and data breach or loss (threats), IT architectures to protect data (prevention), managing data breaches (mitigation), risk assessment and data protection audits. A distinction is made between threats and prevention from within an organisation and from the outside.


Security; Behavioural research;

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