The Influence of Demographic Factors on the Cybersecurity Awareness Level of Individuals in an Academic Environment
Vazquez, Juan Carlos Barrera
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Nowadays the notion of cybersecurity has claimed center stage in the daily life of individuals and organizations. Losses incurred to cyber-attacks are the result of faulty human interactions with new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of cyberspace. The fast pace of technology discoveries has surpassed the understating of most ICT users. Consequently, individuals become unaware of such changes in different ways. This research examines differences and/or relationships in awareness level of individuals towards cybersecurity issues, considering four basic demographic factors: Gender, Age, Education, and Employment. The data set for this study originated from university students pursuing a bachelors degree in information systems and/or information technology. Finally, the results from this study are not conclusive and cannot be generalized due to several natural research limitations. However, several observations found in this study may contribute to the general body of knowledge for cybersecurity, and to stimulate future research.