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dc.contributor.authorTirumala, Sreenivas Sremath
dc.contributor.authorSarrafzadeh, Hossein
dc.contributor.editorSarrafzadeh, A.
dc.description.abstractThere has been an exponential increase in the usage of the internet, particularly among students since the introduction of e-learning and Bring Your Own Device (BYO) initiatives into the education system. In New Zealand the percentage of the population using the internet is now 93.8% and this increase in internet usage has increased the risk of cybersecurity attacks This makes it necessary to provide awareness and education on cybersecurity to students who are potential targets for exploitation. However, to provide this awareness it is necessary to understand what their current knowledge on cybersecurity is which forms the basis of this paper. This paper presents the results of a survey conducted on internet usage and cybersecurity awareness among three age groups between 8 years and 21 years. A questionnaire consisting of various questions on internet usage and cybersecurity concepts was prepared. For this survey, we considered both computers (desktops & laptops) and mobile devices (tablets & smartphones). The results of the survey showed that cybersecurity awareness among the surveyed students was generally low with the lowest level in the 8- 12-year age group. The students of 8-12 age group were able to answer only 19% of survey questions. Furthermore, most of the students were not familiar with common cybersecurity terms and did not demonstrate enough awareness of common threats such as phishing. The results further show that the majority of the students were not aware of cybersecurity tools for tablets and smartphones which are frequently used devices for BYOD. The key contribution of this paper is to emphasize the necessity to create cybersecurity awareness among students.en_NZ
dc.subjectBring Your Own Device (BYOD)en_NZ
dc.subjectcybersecurity awarenessen_NZ
dc.subjectcybersecurity in educationen_NZ
dc.subjectstudent internet usageen_NZ
dc.titleA survey on Internet usage and cybersecurity awareness in studentsen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedingsen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden080303 Computer System Securityen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationTirumala, S., & Sarrafzadeh, A. (2016, December). A survey on Internet usage and cybersecurity awareness in students. Sarrafzadeh, A. (Ed.), 14th Privacy, Security and Trust Conference (pp.223-228).en_NZ
unitec.publication.title14th Privacy, Security and Trust Conferenceen_NZ
unitec.conference.title14th Privacy, Security and Trust Conferenceen_NZ
unitec.conference.orgPrivacy, Security and Trusten_NZ
unitec.conference.orgInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationAuckland, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationAuckland University of Technologyen_NZ

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