Information Security and Privacy (SIG SEC)

Paper Type

ERF

Paper Number

1493

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Colleges and universities have been updating their cybersecurity policies to safeguard students' and employees' sensitive data. As such, students represent the largest share of users at colleges and universities. However, students have been frequently observed not to protect their digital assets and indulge in exchanges of their personal data. This “naive student culture” gives rise to numerous vulnerabilities given students’ pervasive online presence. Past studies show the degree of awareness among college students about cybersecurity issues and some characterization of their adaptive responses or lack thereof. However, there is a dearth of studies investigating college students’ degree of awareness and if their adaptive responses are proportionate to the myriad cybersecurity risks. The objective of this study is to explore the roles of college students’ prior cybersecurity training, prior cybersecurity incidents and awareness of cybersecurity risks in their adaptive responses/behaviors given the risks; our findings should help design awareness programs

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Cybersecurity Awareness and Adaptive Responses Among College Students

Colleges and universities have been updating their cybersecurity policies to safeguard students' and employees' sensitive data. As such, students represent the largest share of users at colleges and universities. However, students have been frequently observed not to protect their digital assets and indulge in exchanges of their personal data. This “naive student culture” gives rise to numerous vulnerabilities given students’ pervasive online presence. Past studies show the degree of awareness among college students about cybersecurity issues and some characterization of their adaptive responses or lack thereof. However, there is a dearth of studies investigating college students’ degree of awareness and if their adaptive responses are proportionate to the myriad cybersecurity risks. The objective of this study is to explore the roles of college students’ prior cybersecurity training, prior cybersecurity incidents and awareness of cybersecurity risks in their adaptive responses/behaviors given the risks; our findings should help design awareness programs

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