Date Added: Jul 2012
The growing Internet and mobile technologies create opportunities for efficient communication and coordination among individuals and institutions. However, these technologies also pose security challenges. Although users' understanding and behavior towards security solutions have been recognized as critical to ensuring effective security solutions, few research articles have examined user security management practices. The literature lacks empirical research that examines users' everyday behavior and practices to managing security. In an effort to bridge the gap in user security management practices, this paper presents an exploratory study of how Hispanic college students manage the security of their computer systems. Specifically, the authors examine how ethnicity, gender, and age influence users' behavior towards updating their operating systems, non-operating system software and antivirus definitions.