Understanding the personality characteristics of cybersecurity competition participants to improve the effectiveness of competitions as recruitment tools

Colin Wee, Masooda Bashir

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Abstract

This paper reports on the results of a survey designed to study the psychological characteristics of a sample of cybersecurity competition participants from Cybersecurity Awareness Week (one of the largest cybersecurity competitions in the USA). By comparing the personality, vocational interests, culture, decision-making style and attachment style between participants who reported their intention to enter cybersecurity careers post-competition and those who did not, we evaluated the effectiveness of cybersecurity competitions as a recruitment tool. Overall, most cybersecurity competition participants tended to be high in openness, rational decision-making style, and investigative interests. Conversely, participants scored lower on neuroticism, intuitive decision-making style, and realistic interests. Individuals’ scores on investigative interests, openness to experience, rational decision-making, and self-efficacy were good predictors of their intention to enter cybersecurity careers post-competition. To increase the influx of people into cybersecurity careers, cybersecurity competitions can be designed to attract more people with these characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Cybersecurity - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Cybersecurity, 2016
EditorsDenise Nicholson
PublisherSpringer
Pages111-121
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319419312
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Cybersecurity, 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
Duration: Jul 27 2016Jul 31 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume501
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Human Factors in Cybersecurity, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWalt Disney World
Period7/27/167/31/16

Keywords

  • Career choice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity competitions
  • Human factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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