Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (JMWAIS)


With an increasing number of threats to cybersecurity, research continues to focus on methods and behaviors by which individuals may better protect themselves. The availability of broadband infrastructure has been proposed to improve city and regional economic, educational, and health-related prospects, but its impact on facilitating security knowledge gathering has yet to be studied. This study assesses the influence of broadband availability, using data collected from 894 Internet users from across the United States, with multiple analysis techniques supported by geographical information systems (GIS). The results indicate that broadband access, in addition to age and education level, is associated with higher levels of security knowledge. Moreover, geographical weighted regression analyses suggest that the significant variables vary in influence based on their locality.




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