Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 231–249 | Cite as

Survey results on adults and cybersecurity education

  • Joseph Ricci
  • Frank BreitingerEmail author
  • Ibrahim Baggili


Cyberattacks and identity theft are common problems nowadays where researchers often say that humans are the weakest link the security chain. Therefore, this survey focused on analyzing the interest for adults for ‘cyber threat eduction seminars’, e.g., how to project themselves and their loved ones. Specifically, we asked questions to understand a possible audience, willingness for paying / time commitment, or fields of interest as well as background and previous training experience. The survey was conducted in late 2016 and taken by 233 participants. The results show that many are worried about cyber threats and about their children exploring the online domain. However, seminars do not seem to be a priority as many individuals were only willing to spend 1-1.5h on seminars.


Adult education Cybersecurity Survey Training Security awareness Children 



This work was funded by the University of New Haven’s Summer Research Grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Ricci
    • 1
  • Frank Breitinger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ibrahim Baggili
    • 1
  1. 1.Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group, Tagliatela College of Engineering, ECECSUniversity of New HavenWest HavenUSA

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