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Information technology--Security measures, Computers--Security measures, Computer security--Study and teaching, Internet and children


Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Forensic Science and Technology | Information Security


Cyberattacks and identity theft are common problems nowadays where researchers often say that humans are the weakest link in the security chain. Therefore, this survey focused on analyzing the interest for adults for ‘cyber threat education seminars’, e.g., how to project themselves and their loved ones. Specifically, we asked questions to understand a possible audience, willingness for paying / time commitment, or fields of interest as well as background and previous training experience. The survey was conducted in late 2016 and taken by 233 participants. The results show that many are worried about cyber threats and about their children exploring the online domain. However, seminars do not seem to be a priority as many individuals were only willing to spend 1-1.5h on seminars.


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This work was funded by the University of New Haven’s Summer Research Grant.

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018

Dr. Baggili was appointed to the University of New Haven’s Elder Family Endowed Chair in 2015.



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Breitinger, Frank, Ricci, Joseph, Baggili, Ibrahim (2018). Survey results on adults and cybersecurity education. Education and Information Technologies. doi: 10.1007/s10639-018-9765-8

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