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ERIC Number: ED566086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 158
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-0636-3
Education and the Degree of Data Security
Spears, Phillip Dewitt
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, Capella University
New technology development has researchers inundated with a plethora of data security issues linked to cyber attacks and hackers' ability to transmogrify their techniques. The present research focused on the information technology managing officers' (ITMOs') level of education, size of organization, organization's industry, and effect they have on an organization's degree of data security. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if a relationship exists between an ITMO's level of education and an organization's degree of data security. The study also sought to determine if industry and size of organization has an effect on the degree of data security. This study applied a 30-question survey to 137 ITMOs. The ITMOs represented a wide variety of organizations, ranging from 10 to 100 employees from diverse industries. Survey data from ITMOs revealed 3 areas in which ITMOs pushed their organizations to improve awareness of cyber threats and improve overall data security. Results revealed that the level of education an ITMO had did not determine the degree of data security of an organization. Instead, on-the-job training mattered more than formal education. The study also suggested that not only are military facilities vulnerable to cyber attacks but also all computers and networks, regardless of the organization's size or industry. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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