Cyber Security Awareness Among College Students

  • Abbas MoallemEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 782)


This study reports the early results of a study aimed to investigate student awareness and attitudes toward cyber security and the resulting risks in the most advanced technology environment: the Silicon Valley in California, USA. The composition of students in Silicon Valley is very ethnically diverse. The objective was to see how much the students in such a tech-savvy environment are aware of cyber-attacks and how they protect themselves against them. The early statistical analysis suggested that college students, despite their belief that they are observed when using the Internet and that their data is not secure even on university systems, are not very aware of how to protect their data. Also, it appears that educational institutions do not have an active approach to improve awareness among college students to increase their knowledge on these issues and how to protect themselves from potential cyber-attacks, such as identity theft or ransomware.


Cyber security Awareness Trust Privacy Cyber security user behavior Two-factor authentication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UX Experts, LLCCupertinoUSA
  2. 2.San Jose State UniversitySan JoseUSA

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