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The influence of cyber security levels of South African citizens on national security

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dc.contributor.author Jansen van Vuuren, J
dc.contributor.author Grobler, M
dc.contributor.author Zaaiman, J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-04T09:08:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-04T09:08:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03
dc.identifier.citation Jansen van Vuuren, J, Grobler, M and Zaaiman, J. The influence of cyber security levels of South African citizens on national security. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 22-23 March 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-908272-30-0
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-908272-29-4
dc.identifier.uri http://academic-conferences.org/iciw/iciw2013/iciw12-proceedings.htm
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5832
dc.description Copyright: 2012 Academic Conferences Limited. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 22-23 March 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract In South Africa, cyber security has been identified as a critical component contributing towards National Security. More rural communities are becoming integrated into the global village due to increased hardware and software corporate donations, the proliferation of mobile Internet devices and government programs aimed at bridging the digital divide through major broadband expansion projects. These measures facilitate the rapid growth of South African Internet citizens, both through desktop or laptop computers, iPads and mobile phones. Comprehensive research conducted by the authors show that many of the new Internet users are not aptly trained to protect themselves against online threats, leaving them vulnerable to online exploits and inherently exposing the national system to potential international cyber attacks. It is estimated that mobile phone penetration in South Africa is about 98%. In addition, it is suggested that 39% of urban and 27% of rural South Africans are browsing the Internet from their mobile phones. Mobile phone penetration statistics are used in correlation with the economic development and exposure to technological advances of South Africans to classify participants in the survey in three groups: urban netizens, semi-rural netizens and rural netizens. South African citizens from areas within the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces participated in this study. This article works towards the identification of any correlation between the economic development and mobile use propensity of Internet users with regard to National Security. The classification is based on availability of digital amenities, availability of and access to the Internet, the number of users per computer and the level of computer maintenance. Separate from these criteria, the availability of and access to the Internet via mobile phones has also been taken into consideration. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Conferences Limited en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;8890
dc.subject Cyber security en_US
dc.subject Security threat analysis rural communities en_US
dc.subject South African national security en_US
dc.subject Broadband access en_US
dc.subject Rural communities en_US
dc.subject Digital divide en_US
dc.title The influence of cyber security levels of South African citizens on national security en_US
dc.type Conference Presentation en_US


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