This study explores the intricate relationship between female participation in workforce, cybersecurity preparedness of nations (aka cybersecurity maturity), and wellbeing. Utilizing the power control theory, we examine the role of female participation in workforce in enhancing a nation's cybersecurity maturity. Moreover, drawing from the conservation of resources theory, we investigate the relationship between national cybersecurity maturity and wellbeing. Through a comprehensive analysis of data from 106 countries, taken across four years, this study provides empirical evidence supporting the proposed relationship. The results indicate that female participation in workforce is positively associated with national cybersecurity maturity. Moreover, we found that national cybersecurity maturity is positively associated with the wellbeing of nations and mediates the relationship between female participation in workforce and wellbeing. We also found that e-government development has a moderating effect on the link between female participation in workforce and the nation’s cybersecurity stance.
Dev, Manimay and Saha, Debashis, "Female participation in workforce as an antecedent of cybersecurity maturity and wellbeing of nations" (2023). ACIS 2023 Proceedings. 94.