Relative Influence of Social Media Socio-Technical Information Security Factors on Medical Information Breaches in selected Medical Institutions in Uganda


  • Joe Mutebi Department of Information Technology, School of Mathematics and Computing, Kampala International University (KIU) – Main Campus, Kampala Uganda
  • Margaret Kareyo Department of Information Technology, School of Mathematics and Computing, Kampala International University (KIU) – Main Campus, Kampala Uganda
  • Victor Turiabe Department of Computing, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kampala International University (KIU) – Western Campus, Ishaka-Bushenyi, Uganda
  • Maxima Ainomugisha Department of Computing, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kampala International University (KIU) – Western Campus, Ishaka-Bushenyi, Uganda
  • Aderonke Aderonke Latifat Department of Computing, Faculty of Science and Technology, Kampala International University (KIU) – Western Campus, Ishaka-Bushenyi, Uganda


Social Media usage, Socio-technical, Usable-security, Social dimension, Technical dimension


This manuscript presents a study based on research conducted to assess the relative impact of social media (SM) socio-technical information security factors on medical information breaches in selected medical institutions in Uganda. The study was motivated by reported cases of medical data breaches through the use of SM. Procedurally, the study used an online survey method using Google Forms and a literature search technique. Data were solicited from 566 medical students from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and Kampala International University (KIU), accordingly. The key datasets collected included respondent’s demographic profile, SM usage characteristics, and medical information breaches. Through literature search, key SM socio-technical information security factors were identified. Afterwards, Spearman’s rank correlational analysis was performed to determine the type of relationships existing between SM socio-technical information security factors and medical information breaches. According to the percentage distribution summary of medical information breaches, the respondent’s level of agreement ranges from 39% to 43%. Spearman’s rank correlational coefficients (r-value) indicate significant levels (p ? 0.05) of correlational relationships for the key factors identified. However, 6 of the factors presented negative and stronger relationships, while 3 factors yielded weaker correlational relationships. Relatively, the results showed stronger relationships between the social dimensional factors, compared to the technical dimension. The negative relationships could imply that an increase in end-user compliance levels of SM socio-technical information security factors would minimize the occurrence of medical information breaches on SM. While the stronger relationship factors indicate the key SM usage factors associated with medical information breaches. Overall, the study outcome would provide empirical basis for medical institutions, SM researchers, and practitioners to rationalize and leverage SM usage in operations.


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Mutebi, J., Margaret Kareyo, Turiabe, V., Ainomugisha, M., & Aderonke Latifat, A. (2022). Relative Influence of Social Media Socio-Technical Information Security Factors on Medical Information Breaches in selected Medical Institutions in Uganda. International Journal of Computer (IJC), 45(1), 105–121. Retrieved from