Security Culture and Information Technology

The research program Security Culture and Information Technology, SECURIT, aims at improving the information security of organizations. In contemporary information-intensive organizations, a good security culture is vital for the information security.

The research is jointly performed by Chalmers University of Technology, FOI, the Royal Institute of Technology, the University of Gothenburg, and Örebro University in cooperation with Linköping University. Karlstad University coordinates and supports the Swedish IT Security Network for PhD students (SWITS) with funding from SECURIT.


The researchers come from various subject areas, as illustrated in the figure below. Thus, the program will provide multi-disciplinary views on issues related to information security culture.


SECURIT includes nine research projects addressing different aspects of information security culture. The results are continuously disseminated through scientific publication and other forms of presentation.


SECURIT is funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and coordinated by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). The program was launched in July 2012 and is planned to continue through September 2017.



Security culture – Shared patterns of thought, behaviour, and values that arise and evolve within a social group, based on communicative processes influenced by internal and external requirements, are conveyed to new members and have implications on information security