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The Journal of the Southern Association for Information Systems

Abstract

The pervasiveness of information-based organizations, combined with the escalating number of security breaches, has resulted in the need for better information security. Nevertheless, obtaining subjects for information security research is challenging. Structured interviews were conducted with thirteen information security managers in the finance, healthcare, and insurance industries to investigate the effect of the perceived strategic value of participating in information security research on the decision to participate in such research. Subramanian and Nosek’s (2001) perception of strategic value of information systems (PSVIS) framework was used to guide the interviews. The results showed that the perceived strategic value of participating in information security research influenced the decision to participate. A model of the strategic value of participating in information security research is provided. It suggests that access to information for strategic decision making directly influences the decision to participate and two other factors (information intensity and strategic necessity) moderates that relationship.

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