Refereed article in conference proceedings (A4)

Dimensions of Internet Use and Threat Sensitivity: An Exploratory Study among Students of Higher Education

List of Authors: Ali Farooq, Lalitha Balakrishnan, Muneeroh Phadung, Seppo Virtanen, Johanna Isoaho, Dhan Prasad Poudel, Jouni Isoaho

Conference name: IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)

Publication year: 2017

Book title *: Proceedings of the 19th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering

ISBN: 978-1-5090-3594-6

eISBN: 978-1-5090-3593-9




The property space of internet use has three dimensions: type of use, amount of use and variety of use. While internet is one of the sources of information security knowledge among students, the relationship of dimensions of internet use and information security awareness has not yet been explored. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between dimensions of internet use and, information security and privacy (IS&P) threats sensitivity-defined as the ability of a person to assess the impact of a threat to their IS&P through the perceived importance of a threat. Threat sensitivity is measured by calculating threat sensitivity scores for seventy-four different IS&P threats in fourteen functional areas [13]. Using convenient sampling, a response set of 1280 was collected from the students of six higher education institutions in India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand. Dimensions of internet use are computed and their correlations are calculated with student's overall threat sensitivity. Only type of use is found significantly correlated with overall threat sensitivity. Application of ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA) shows that students are significantly different in overall threat sensitivity if divided into groups based on the type of internet use. Further, the relationship between dimensions of internet use and student's threat sensitivity within all fourteen functional areas was also examined.

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