National cultures and security behaviours (available)

Starting Date: 1/6/2022
Prerequisites: Statistics
Will results be assigned to University: Yes

National culture, namely, the culture in a given country, can be broken down into specific variables. These variables define and influence social norms and behaviours of a society and its individuals. However, they also influence cyber security related perceptions and behaviours.

Ans indicative and well-known approach on national cultures is the one by Hofstede, where power distance, uncertainty avoidance, long-term orientation, individualism, masculinity/femininity and indulgence indicate 6 variables that can characterise a culture.

We have an ongoing collaboration with a big multinational company which provides security awareness training in many countries and have a rich dataset on user behaviours.

The goal of this project is to explore an existing dataset and draw new insights on the effects of national culture on the way users behave in cyber security.

No specific knowledge of national culture or security culture and behaviour is needed, but it is expected that candidates will have a willingness to learn.
However, knowledge of statistics (s.g. SPSS) is essential.


Hofstede, G. (1983). National cultures in four dimensions: A research-based theory of cultural differences among nations. International Studies of Management & Organization, 13(1-2), 46-74.

Hofstede, G. (1983). The cultural relativity of organizational practices and theories. Journal of international business studies, 14(2), 75-89.