An Investigation into Nottingham SMEs'Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Cyber Risk

De Silva, Udara (2017) An Investigation into Nottingham SMEs'Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Cyber Risk. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

The threat of cyber risk has become increasingly prevalent within society. Particularly within

businesses, where negative consequences can stem from the corruption of confidentiality,

integrity and availability of information systems. In the case of SMEs, the damage of cyber-­

attacks can be severe, if not lethal to their comparatively smaller and therefore more fragile

business operations. In recent years, there has been a record increase in the number of

cyber-­attacks on UK SMEs. Accordingly, it is of great importance to support SMEs in

building their cyber-­resilience to the growing cyber-­threat. Subsequently, this paper aims to

encourage this prerogative, by investigating the perceptions and attitudes of Nottingham

SMEs towards the issue of cyber risk. Through investigating participants’ risk perception of

cyber risk, risk awareness of cyber risk and attitudes towards cyber-­security, the researcher

builds a ‘bigger picture’ towards how SMEs interact with the subject of cyber risk. In order to

do so, the paper used a mixed methods approach: quantitative surveys, accompanied by

qualitative interviews. The paper concludes that although SMEs perceive cyber risk to be a

significant threat, there is a fragmentation in cyber risk awareness due to an often ‘lax’

approach to training and education. Moreover, it is found that there are a variety of

constraints which prevent SMEs from incorporating cyber security frameworks that align with

industry standards.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: De Silva, Udara
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2018 14:54
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47222

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