Survey Shows Students Lack Cybersecurity Knowledge

December 23, 2019

Colleges and universities face a constant, significant threat when it comes to data security. But a recent survey from cybersecurity company McAfee indicates that students lack cybersecurity knowledge and that institutions still have a long way to go when it comes to providing education.

The survey of 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 who attend or have attended college shows:

  • About 69% of respondents proactively protect their bank or financial information, but only 19% take extra steps to protect their school and academic records.
  • About 80% of respondents say they or a friend/family member has been affected by a cyberattack, but 43% of respondents don’t think they will be a victim of a cybercrime in the future.
  • Only 36% of respondents indicated they learned how to keep personal information safe through school resources.

Meanwhile, McAfee Labs data show that cyberattacks targeting education in the first quarter of 2019 increased 50% from the prior quarter. “This rise in cybercriminal activity targets all parties, as the most popular attack vectors aim for students and institutions alike,” a McAfee news release states.

Colleges and universities seeking to increase their own understanding of cybersecurity — and how to prevent attacks — should learn more about the Data Security learning program available from Canopy Programs. Learners will become aware of potential data security threats and understand how to prevent breaches and mitigate the consequences if a breach does occur. This award-winning program provides education on malware, mobile devices and third-party websites, passwords, phishing, and physical security and unintended disclosures.


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