The Vulnerabilities of using Bring Your Own Device – ‘BYOD’ in Cardiff Metropolitan University
MATTHEWS, LLOYD JAMES PHILLIP
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Abstract This thesis sets out to assess the impact that the introduction of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has had on Cardiff Metropolitan University. The aim of the research is to evaluate the current vulnerabilities against the faculty and student population, as well as the university administration. Extensive background reading was undertaken that highlighted many areas for discussion and comparison against the primary results. The primary methodology used was phenomenology. Phenomenology was used to conduct interviewees and questionnaires, as well as this, subsidiary methods and methodologies were also used. The primary research conducted produced a wealth of interesting data. On analysis, it was apparent that both students and staff members believe that there is a significant risk of safety and security associated with BYOD use. Additionally, many BYOD users feel that non-BYOD users can potentially be at a disadvantage, also highlighting a risk of bullying and snobbery. However, although the majority of students express concern, overall they have positive views towards BYOD, with 96% of students use the service. Teaching staff offer mixed opinions toward the introduction of BYOD, and in particular its use within contact time. Some advocated its uses as a learning tool, whilst some see it as a hindrance to concentration. The results show, that the university administration are looking to reform issues outlined from secondary and primary research sources. Finally, recommendations were presented, and discussion furthered to include whether the research aims and objectives had been met.
BSc Hons BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
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