BACHELOR OR MASTER THESIS: IT SECURITY AND PRODUCTIVITY IN ORGANIZATIONS: MEASURING THE IMPACT OF IT SECURITY ON THE EVERY DAY LIFE OF EMPLOYEES
Multiple Bachelor and Master Thesis around the topic IT Security and Productivity in Organizations: Measuring the impact of IT Security on the Every Day Life of Employees are advertised at the Chair for Human-Centred Security (HCS)
IT security measures and rules in organizations are often in conflict with the primary tasks of employees and hence can have a negative impact on the employees working productivity. A typical example would be that one needs to enter a password to decrypt the computers disk followed by another password to login, than a third password to connect to the VPN and finally a password for the necessary application. In that case minutes are wasted with an authentication procedure before the productive task (the work with the application) starts.
For students already working in an organization or with the will to find a participating organization, we offer the opportunity to write bachelor or master thesis with an empirical focus. The thesis shall evaluate and measure the impact that security measures and rules have on employees productivity. Surveys, interview- or diary-Studies are at the heart of the thesis. Such could for example be performed with security professionals, management, or employees within one or multiple organizations. The actual design of the study will be developed under close supervision of the HCS team. The students need to have a solid understanding of human factors in IT security as well as in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods (design of surveys/interviews, transcription, coding, verification of results, etc.). Hence, it is a huge advantage that the students participated in at least one lecture as well as the laboratory course of the chair for Human-Centred Security.
The thesis might be written in English or German.
You can expect a close supervision with multiple feedback circles with the goal to finalize your thesis with an outstanding grade.
Please send your application to Jonas.Hielscher[AT]ruhr-uni-bochum.de Include a few sentences about the organization you want to cooperate with for your thesis, as well as a transcript of records.
We are looking forward!
-  Adam Beautement, M. Angela Sasse, and Mike Wonham. 2008. The compliance budget: managing security behaviour in organisations. In Proceedings of the 2008 New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW ’08). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 47–58. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/1595676.1595684
-  Beautement, Adam & Becker, Ingolf & Parkin, Simon & Krol, Kat & Sasse, Angela. (2016). Productive Security: A scalable methodology for analysing employee security behaviours.