Computer Security Awareness and Vulnerabilities: An Exploratory Study for Two Public Higher Institutions in Ghana

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Author(s) Eldad Antwi-Bekoe | Simon Gyasi Nimako
Pages 358-375
Volume 1
Issue 7
Date July, 2012
Keywords computer security awareness, vulnerabilities, Ghana, Higher institutions, security threats

The study is an exploratory study that evaluates computer security awareness and computer security vulnerabilities based on user practices among computer users in two public higher institutions in Ghana. Using a cross-sectional survey and a convenient sampling technique, the target population was identified as three subgroups namely faculty staff, administrative staff and students. The study reveals that different levels of computer security awareness exist among sub groups of each institution. Sub groups also differ in computer security vulnerabilities in some areas for each institution and between institutions. Key findings include differences in perception of remote connection to computer while on a network, seemingly inappropriate usage of anti-virus protection among computer users, computer security vulnerabilities created by the computer and password sharing behavior of users, among others. Limitations and future research have been suggested. The study also provides important managerial implications.

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