Always Connected, but are Smart Mobile Users Getting More Security Savvy? A Survey of Smart Mobile Device Users

Imgraben J, Engelbrecht A and Choo K-K R. Always Connected, but are Smart Mobile Users Getting More Security Savvy? A Survey of Smart Mobile Device Users. Behaviour & Information Technology, Forthcoming

37 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2014

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James Imgraben

University of South Australia

Alewyn Engelbrecht

University of South Australia

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Date Written: June 10, 2014

Abstract

Smart mobile devices are a potential attack vector for cyber criminal activities. 250 smart mobile device owners from the University of South Australia (UniSA) were surveyed. Not surprisingly, it was found that smart mobile device users in the survey generally underestimated the value that their collective identities have to criminals and how these can be sold. For example, participants who reported jail-breaking/rooting their devices were also more likely to exhibit risky behaviour (e.g. downloading and installing applications from unknown providers), and the participants generally had no idea of the value of their collective identities to criminals which can be sold to the highest bidder. In general, the participants did not understand the risks and may not have perceived cyber crime to be a real threat. Findings from the survey and the escalating complexities of the end-user mobile and online environment underscore the need for regular ongoing training programs for basic online security and the promotion of a culture of security among smart mobile device users. For example, targeted education and awareness programs could be developed to inform or educate smart mobile device users and correct misconceptions or myths in order to bring about changes in attitudes and usage behaviour (e.g. not taking preventative measures such as strong passwords to protect their devices). Such initiatives would enable all end users (including senior University management who use such devices to access privileged corporate data and accounts) to maintain current knowledge of the latest cyber crime activities and the best cyber security protection measures available.

Keywords: Cyber crime, Smart mobile devices, Security survey, Mobile security, Phishing, Malware, Unauthorised access

JEL Classification: C88, C89, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Imgraben, James and Engelbrecht, Alewyn and Choo, Kim-Kwang Raymond, Always Connected, but are Smart Mobile Users Getting More Security Savvy? A Survey of Smart Mobile Device Users (June 10, 2014). Imgraben J, Engelbrecht A and Choo K-K R. Always Connected, but are Smart Mobile Users Getting More Security Savvy? A Survey of Smart Mobile Device Users. Behaviour & Information Technology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448093 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2448093

James Imgraben

University of South Australia ( email )

37-44 North Terrace, City West Campus
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Australia

Alewyn Engelbrecht

University of South Australia ( email )

37-44 North Terrace, City West Campus
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Australia

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo (Contact Author)

The University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

San Antonio, TX 78249
United States
+12104587867 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/raymondchooau/

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