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Security Awareness of the Digital Natives

Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, 2802 Gjøvik, Norway
Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, 18532 Piraeus, Greece
Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, 18532 Piraeus, Greece
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Lei Chen, Wenjia Li and Rami J. Haddad
Information 2017, 8(2), 42;
Received: 8 March 2017 / Revised: 4 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 April 2017 / Published: 8 April 2017
Young generations make extensive use of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, while a plethora of security risks associated with such devices are induced by vulnerabilities related to user behavior. Furthermore, the number of security breaches on or via portable devices increases exponentially. Thus, deploying suitable risk treatments requires the investigation of how the digital natives (young people, born and bred in the digital era) use their mobile devices and their level of security awareness, in order to identify common usage patterns with negative security impact. In this article, we present the results of a survey performed across a multinational sample of digital natives with distinct backgrounds and levels of competence in terms of security, to identify divergences in user behavior due to regional, educational and other factors. Our results highlight significant influences on the behavior of digital natives, arising from user confidence, educational background, and parameters related to usability and accessibility. The outcomes of this study justify the need for further analysis of the topic, in order to identify the influence of fine-grained semantics, but also the consolidation of wide and robust user-models. View Full-Text
Keywords: security; mobile devices; digital natives; security awareness; user behavior; education security; mobile devices; digital natives; security awareness; user behavior; education
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Gkioulos, V.; Wangen, G.; Katsikas, S.K.; Kavallieratos, G.; Kotzanikolaou, P. Security Awareness of the Digital Natives. Information 2017, 8, 42.

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