A quantitative study of Open Source Information Security software success

by Chacon, Jose Francisco Cardenas, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 174 pages; 3634675


With the increasing use of security software by private and public organizations to protect electronic information, it is imperative to know key elements that govern the success of Open Source Information Security software. Drawing from Information Systems and Open Source Software theoretical success models, this study posits that four key elements impact the success of Open Source Information Security software development: creation, quality, use, and user satisfaction. This quantitative research study collected secondary data from the SourceForge Research Data Archive repository to study specific Open Source Information Security software. The research study selected multiple regression and correlation to evaluate a new success model. Data analysis results suggested that two elements, creation and quality, contributed to the success model with statistically significant values. The other two elements, use and user satisfaction, did not carry a significant positive influence on the dependent variable, success. While decision makers and practitioners should support software creation and quality when planning and distributing resources, researchers should continue studying the potential impact of use and user satisfaction on Open Source Information Security software success.

AdviserWenbin Luo
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Information technology; Computer science
Publication Number3634675

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