Thinking About Security: Analysis of Information Security Culture and Awareness in an Academic Environment

by Gee, Spencer W.

Abstract (Summary)
This study attempts to determine the general information security awareness and culture of users within an academic environment. Users in department of epidemiology in the School of Public Heath and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were asked to complete a survey with questions requesting knowledge and user statistics of general issues, information security technologies, threats, and policies It was determined that this department exhibited low confidence of knowledge in information security issues and demonstrated a culture in which users failed to utilize and grasp technologies, tools, and policies not directly affecting the user. The data provides general understanding of security awareness issues; however further detailed research is necessary to reveal specific failures in information security awareness.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Dr. Paul Solomon

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:information systems security – awareness culture technology academic


Date of Publication:05/15/2007

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