Friedrich Born

2nd of May 2016

Jours fixes take place on the first monday of the month, starting at 5:00 p.m., in HoF E.01 / Deutsche Bank of the House of Finance (Campus Westend).

[Friedrich Born, E-Finance Lab]

Deviant Cloud Usage in Organizations – A Matter of Personal Innovativeness?

The emergence of cloud services offered many benefits for less tech savvy individuals, because it offers easy accessible computing or storage solutions for every customer. The adoption among individuals surpassed the adoption by organizations like businesses or public institutions due the tremendous benefits of cloud services for customers. We see an increasing deviant use of such services in environments like the financial services industry, where the IS policy actually prohibits a use of not approved third-party service. Current research only has a basic understanding on what drives the deviant cloud usage within organizations and the apparent influence of personality traits on the usage of Shadow IT has not been evaluated, yet. It is expectable that individuals with an affinity towards IT innovations use information systems before they are approved by organizational IS security policies and not users reluctant towards technology. A granular knowledge of different types of deviant users is helpful in order to develop strategies to address specific mechanism of justifying violations of IS policies by using unapproved cloud services. Our preliminary findings among public officials show that users with a high personal innovativeness are less likely to behave in compliance to the IS security policy.