Perceptions of security risks associated with Smart Devices in the home and Technology Adoption Practices: a case study of staff and students at Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Smart Devices. With the growing popularity of the network connected technology being used in homes, are there enough security measures in place to protect the user’s sensitive information? Should so much trust be put into devices that can potentially act as gateways into a network for hackers? While there is literature on the smart devices themselves, I set out to research how the students and staff of Cardiff Metropolitan University perceive the security risks that smart devices present and whether they’re aware of the risks at all in the hopes that it will bring knowledge to an area that was previously lacking in knowledge. Data was gathered via a questionnaire on the students and staff of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s demographics and also if they owned smart devices for their home and if they’d trust them when it comes to storing sensitive data. It was found that there are vast differences between certain demographics putting trust into smart devices, with younger age groups having a sense of naivety towards the security risks that smart devices in the home bring. This also correlated in staff members owning more smart devices on average but being more cautious about what is stored on them due to privacy and security issues.
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