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dc.contributor.advisorMaharaj, Manoj Sewak.
dc.creatorBulbulia, Zahra.
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-21T06:57:31Z
dc.date.available2015-08-21T06:57:31Z
dc.date.created2013
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/12340
dc.descriptionM. Com. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 2013.en
dc.description.abstractThe information age presents many fears of security threats to the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information systems and their associated data. Despite the advent of countermeasures, such as antivirus software, firewalls, security patches and password change control systems, amongst others, to protect information systems, online attacks have increased significantly. Vast sums are spent by both the government and business sectors on deflecting mechanisms and on cleaning up after online attacks, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated and diverse (Gartner, 2009). The aim of this exploratory study is to determine the factors that influence online security and the current state of user awareness in South Africa amongst young adults. To guide this approach, Protection Motivation Theory (Rogers, 1983) was used as a conceptual framework. Significant findings of the study are that gender, race, community, language and employment status affect user awareness of online security. In terms of user awareness of online security it was found that most of the respondents were aware of the dangers of online threats and concerned about the state of online security in South Africa. The reasons why gender, race, community, language and employment status affect online security awareness can be explored in further research.en
dc.language.isoen_ZAen
dc.subjectFirewalls (Computer security)en
dc.subjectData encryption (Computer science)en
dc.subjectHacking.en
dc.subjectComputer crimes.en
dc.subjectSituational awareness.en
dc.subjectTheses -- Information systems and technology.en
dc.titleFactors that influence young adults' online security awareness.en
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