Security awareness and adoption of security controls by smartphone users

Fayyaadh Parker, Jacques Ophoff, Jean Paul Van Belle, Ross Karia

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Abstract

Growth in smartphone functionality and adoption makes such devices tempting targets for criminals. The device, but to a greater extent the information it contains, presents a valuable target for attack. It is therefore critical for smartphone users to take precautionary measures against threats, which may come from potential criminals or negligence by the user. Measures include awareness of vulnerabilities and threats as well as adoption of security controls. This study adds to the body of knowledge in this area by empirically exploring these measures. Using a survey approach an analysis of 510 respondents examines security awareness and adoption of security controls. Previous studies claim that smartphone users do not possess good security awareness, which was mostly not the case in our sample. We report on perceived efficacy and adoption of authentication and anti-theft controls, finding several correlations with smartphone OS, language, and gender. We propose that user education using a simple, non-technical design is key to encourage security awareness and adoption of security controls, especially in emerging markets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 Second International Conference on Information Security and Cyber Forensics, (InfoSec 2015), Cape Town, South Africa, 15-17 November 2015
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages99-104
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467369886, 9781467369879
ISBN (Print)9781467369893
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Information Security and Cyber Forensics - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 15 Nov 201517 Nov 2015
Conference number: 2nd

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Information Security and Cyber Forensics
Abbreviated titleInfoSec 2015
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period15/11/1517/11/15

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    Parker, F., Ophoff, J., Van Belle, J. P., & Karia, R. (2015). Security awareness and adoption of security controls by smartphone users. In 2015 Second International Conference on Information Security and Cyber Forensics, (InfoSec 2015), Cape Town, South Africa, 15-17 November 2015 (pp. 99-104). [7435513] IEEE . https://doi.org/10.1109/InfoSec.2015.7435513