Security Awareness and Risks in IoT Devices: Gathering Information and Perspectives from University Students in South Wales, Cardiff.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Technology is wholly integrated in our daily lives and has continued to become more advanced to suit the demands of society. Today, the growth and prevalence of IoT devices in the home is particularly outstanding through the use of computers, smart phones and tablets to name a few. The common ground that all of these devices share is the connectivity to a network to pass and share information. This can be done leisurely or as a tool for business and study purposes. It is important to acknowledge that, as a result of the growth of these technologies, threats are more imminent than ever and continue to develop as access to personal information through technology becomes more widespread. The purpose of this dissertation is to determine specificities of IoT device use in the homes for students in Cardiff, South Wales. The security implications and understanding of key IT terminology will be assessed in order to evaluate the threats and awareness that students have with respect to the highlighted technologies. Identifying what position students are placing themselves in when it comes to the risks of being hacked. Primary research will be conducted by means of an online survey distributed via email to the students within the Cardiff demographic. Questions of a multiple-choice nature will be asked and assessed using key literature brought up in the literature review component of the dissertation. Findings will be used to make inferences about technology use and security in the analysis and discussion sections.
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