Accession Number : ADA563975


Title :   Cyberculture and Personnel Security: Report 1 - Orientation, Concerns, and Needs


Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1994-May 2011


Corporate Author : DEFENSE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Leggitt, John S ; Shechter, Olga G ; Lang, Eric L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a563975.pdf


Report Date : May 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 74


Abstract : Computers and related technologies, such as smart phones and video games, are now a common part of everyday life. Many people spend a large portion of their waking hours using and socializing through these devices, forming what is known as a cyberculture. Personnel security investigative and adjudicative standards were developed before these products were widely available; however, cyberculture bears relevance to personnel security due both to the presence of existing security issues and potential effects on psychological outcomes and workplace performance. Although cyberculture has many beneficial effects, this project evaluates how participation can negatively affect personnel security and employee performance. This initial report provides context, outlines presently actionable findings and strategies, highlights some questions that cannot yet be answered, and draws on outside research to guide future research. Information from many sources was examined, including academic research journals, other federal organizations, news reports, and cyber environments, to understand cyber activities relevant to personnel security. Participation is widespread in U.S. society and popular among all age groups. Some cyber activities, such as foreign associations, can be reportable per existing investigative criteria, so procedures should be updated appropriately and promptly. Other topics require research before action is recommended. One concern is how online disinhibition, where people who become more willing to disclose personal information, deceive, or become hostile, affects personnel security. Increased willingness to disclose may amplify the counterintelligence concerns for individuals targeted by hostile parties. There are also many potential negative effects on impulse control, mental health, physical health, and workplace behavior. Future research is intended to further guide policy, workforce awareness, investigations, and adjudications.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTERS , *CULTURE , *CYBERNETICS , *SECURITY PERSONNEL , AGING(PHYSIOLOGY) , AWARENESS , BEHAVIOR , COUNTERINTELLIGENCE , MENTAL HEALTH , ONLINE SYSTEMS , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PHYSICAL FITNESS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE