Secure coding intention via protection motivation theory based survey
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-202005191947
Oulu : T. Sallinen,
|Publish Date:|| 2020-05-19
|Thesis type:||Master's thesis
According to studies, programming skills are obtained by a large number of persons but most of them lack the ability to produce secure software. This statement reflects the essence of this thesis and provides a direction to problem solving.
The focus of this study is a research into the possibility of using a questionnaire prepared with the use of a protection motivation theory (PMT) to provide a indication of intention for software developers towards secure programming techniques. This study answers the following research question: Can secure programming intention be aroused with a PMT questionnaire?
The questionnaire consists of three categories: background-, awareness-/knowledge- and PMT questions. Background questions are used to identify the focus group. Awareness and knowledge questions are used to provide secure coding information which is reflected by cognitive thinking via PMT questions. The questionnaire was built as web survey and distributed via professional social network.
The questionnaire uses focused subject group working in micro and small enterprises (<50 employees). The study results are analysed against PMT components to validate focus group selection as a correct choice. Survey findings analysed in qualitative manner (partly in quantitative), indicates that majority of subjects created intention towards studying or using secure coding techniques. The focus group PMT analysis results shows that in each PMT section, at least over half indicated positive response into it.
These results will provide a deeper research direction for how to promote secure coding.
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