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An Exploratory Study of the Security Management Practices of Hispanic Students
Yi-Chia Wu, Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo, Robert Crossler, Jesus Tanguma
Pages - 13 - 21     |    Revised - 01-05-2011     |    Published - 31-05-2011
Volume - 5   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - May / June 2011  Table of Contents
Non-Operating System Software, Users’ Security Management, Security Practices, Antivirus Software, software Update, Hispanic
The growing Internet and mobile technologies create opportunities for efficient communication and coordination among individuals and institutions. However, these technologies also pose security challenges. Although users’ understanding and behavior towards security solutions have been recognized as critical to ensuring effective security solutions, few research articles have examined user security management practices. The literature lacks empirical research that examines users’ everyday behavior and practices to managing security. In an effort to bridge the gap in user security management practices, this paper presents an exploratory study of how Hispanic college students manage the security of their computer systems. Specifically, we examine how ethnicity, gender, and age influence users’ behavior towards updating their operating systems, non-operating system software and antivirus definitions. The results reveal that gender influences the frequency of updating operating systems, antivirus definitions and non-operating system software, whereas ethnicity and age influence only frequency of update of operating systems but not the frequency of update of non-operating system software and antivirus definitions.
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Dr. Yi-Chia Wu
- United States of America
Dr. Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo
- United States of America
Mr. Robert Crossler
- United States of America
Mr. Jesus Tanguma
- United States of America

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