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Examining the relationship between e-government development, nation’s cyber-security commitment, business usage and economic prosperity: a cross-country analysis

Ben Krishna (Department of Information Technology and Systems Area, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode , Kozhikode, India)
Sebastian M.P. (Department of Information Technology and Systems Area, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode , Kozhikode, India)

Information and Computer Security

ISSN: 2056-4961

Article publication date: 27 May 2021

Issue publication date: 12 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to propose a model to examine the relationships between e-government development, cybersecurity commitment, business usage and economic prosperity of the country.

Design/methodology/approach

Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the country-level variables to explain the second-order impact of e-government development through the mediating role of cybersecurity commitment.

Findings

Findings suggest that e-government development demonstrated a stronger association with cybersecurity commitment and business usage. There is preliminary evidence that the improvement of cybersecurity measures initiated by e-government development will drive business usage and improve macroeconomic conditions.

Research limitations/implications

This paper has constructed a theoretical model and validated it using publicly available archival data. Further, this study hypothesizes and demonstrates empirically the direct, as well as indirect relationships between e-government development, cybersecurity commitment, business usage and economic prosperity. To summarize, the study unearths the role of a nation’s cybersecurity commitment and how it is associated with other macro parameters in a country.

Originality/value

As an initial step, the present study highlights the pivotal role of e-government and its positive influence on cybersecurity commitment at the country level. Further, this study also recognizes the role of cyber commitment to boost information communication and technology usage in business, the use of e-government services for the profitability of the business and effectively influence economic prosperity.

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Citation

Krishna, B. and M.P., S. (2021), "Examining the relationship between e-government development, nation’s cyber-security commitment, business usage and economic prosperity: a cross-country analysis", Information and Computer Security, Vol. 29 No. 5, pp. 737-760. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICS-12-2020-0205

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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