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Computer Security Practices and Perceptions of the Next Generation of Corporate Computer Users

Computer Security Practices and Perceptions of the Next Generation of Corporate Computer Users
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Author(s): S. E. Kruck (James Madison University, USA) and Faye P. Teer (James Madison University, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 11
Source title: Pervasive Information Security and Privacy Developments: Trends and Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hamid Nemati (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-000-5.ch017

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to present the results of an empirical study of the computer security practices and perceptions of the next generation of corporate computer users, undergraduate university students. The authors surveyed undergraduate university students who represented 42 different majors. The findings relate to the students’ usage of antivirus programs, firewalls, password security, and security patches. Student perceptions of computer security and its importance are also reported. Research in this area is important for two reasons. First, potential employers may find the results useful in assessing their vulnerability to unsafe practices from entry level employees. Secondly, research in this area can give those responsible for providing computer security education a better understanding of students’ computer security training needs.

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