Profiling cybersecurity competition participants

Self-efficacy, decision-making and interests predict effectiveness of competitions as a recruitment tool

Masooda Bashir, Colin Wee, Nasir Memon, Boyi Guo

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    This paper presents the main results of a large-scale survey on cybersecurity competition participants in the past decade. 588 participants of the Cybersecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) competition were surveyed with measures of personality, interests, culture, decision-making and attachment styles in an exploratory study designed to identify the characteristics of cybersecurity competition participants. Subgroups analyses were performed to examine individual differences between self-proclaimed hackers and non-hackers, males and females, and cybersecurity employees versus students. Regression analyses were used to identify variables that influenced the extent to which cybersecurity competitions were effective at convincing participants to pursue a future career in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity participants who displayed higher self-efficacy, rational decision-making style, and more investigative interests were more likely to declare an interest in a career in cybersecurity after the competition.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)153-165
    Number of pages13
    JournalComputers and Security
    Volume65
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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    Keywords

    • Career choice
    • Cybersecurity
    • Cybersecurity competitions
    • Human factors
    • Information assurance
    • Recruitment

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    • Computer Science(all)
    • Law

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    Profiling cybersecurity competition participants : Self-efficacy, decision-making and interests predict effectiveness of competitions as a recruitment tool. / Bashir, Masooda; Wee, Colin; Memon, Nasir; Guo, Boyi.

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