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Ethical responses to organisational ICT codes of conduct

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posted on 2022-10-19, 01:56 authored by Salma Khan Salma Banu Nazeer Khan

The cybersecurity laws, regulations, policies, and processes are implemented to reduce risks and/or threats to the organisations or universities. The information and communication technology (ICT) codes of conduct are the ICT policies to protect its infrastructure that are imposed and signed by the individuals, including students before the commencement of enrolment. Individuals can, however ignore, circumvent, or act contrary to the policies provided, which can pose significant cybersecurity risks. This can be due to lack of awareness of possible consequences of such contraventions, but also due to lack of sensitivity to the ethical principles underpinning such codes. Therefore, there is a need to understand why users are not compliant with ICT codes of conduct and how to change their behaviour so that they act ethically and in accordance with ICT codes. We have designed a between-subjects experiment involving students’ responses to 5 scenario-pairs (breach/non-breach) based on university’s ICT policy following awareness training on ethical principles or acceptable use of IT to understand the potential value of training. Furthermore, we profile students to capture their moral stance and their compliance towards university’s ICT policy. We conclude that with this we can create awareness amongst students to benefit them and their university.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Methodology -- Chapter 4. Results -- Chapter 5. Discussion and conclusion -- References -- Appendices


A thesis submitted to Macquarie University for the degree of Master of Research

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


Thesis (MRes), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2021

Department, Centre or School

Department of Computing

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Deborah Richards

Additional Supervisor 1

Paul Formosa

Additional Supervisor 2

Sarah Bankins


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