1st Edition

Cybersecurity Awareness Among Students and Faculty

By Abbas Moallem Copyright 2019
    104 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Recipient of the SJSU San Jose State University Annual Author & Artist Awards 2019

    In modern times, all individuals need to be knowledgeable about cybersecurity. They must have practical skills and abilities to protect themselves in cyberspace. What is the level of awareness among college students and faculty, who represent the most technologically active portion of the population in any society? According to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2016 Consumer Sentinel Network report, 19 percent of identity theft complaints came from people under the age of 29. About 74,400 young adults fell victim to identity theft in 2016.

    This book reports the results of several studies that investigate student and faculty awareness and attitudes toward cybersecurity and the resulting risks. It proposes a plan of action that can help 26,000 higher education institutions worldwide with over 207 million college students, create security policies and educational programs that improve security awareness and protection.


    • Offers an understanding of the state of privacy awareness
    • Includes the state of identity theft awareness
    • Covers mobile phone protection
    • Discusses ransomware protection
    • Discloses a plan of action to improve security awareness

    1. Introduction. 2. Research Methodology. 3. General Cybersecurity Awareness Among College Student Surveys. 4. Field Studies.


    Abbas Moallem is an executive director of user experience at UX Experts, LLC, and an adjunct professor at San Jose State University where he teaches courses in cybersecurity, human-computer interaction (HCI), and human factors. Abbas is the editor of the Human-Computer Interaction and Cyber Security Handbook published in 2018 by CRC Press.

    Dr. Moallem holds a Ph.D. in human factors and ergonomics from the University of Paris (Paris XIII) and has over 30 years of experience in the fields of human factors, HCI, and usability. He has worked with numerous companies including PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, Tumbleweed, Axway, NETGEAR, Sears HC, Polycom, Cisco System, HID Global, Lam Research, and Applied Materials.