Cyber Security in the Public Sector Awareness of potential risks among Public Policy executives

Tahmina Rashid, Khalid Chauhan

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Abstract

Cyber security awareness among public sector is generally associated with the security of data and there exists increased awareness among public sector in the technologically advanced countries. Countries in the global South have comparatively lower understanding and awareness especially among senior executives in the public sector. This chapter examines cyber security awareness of Internet usage among senior executives in the public sector, employing a qualitative research method, conducting a case study of senior executives in the public sector, and complemented by relevant literature from academic sources. This chapter argues that despite appropriate legislative measures, there is little research about the awareness, preparedness and protection of Internet users against any possible cyber security threats. For the case study (on Pakistani senior public policy executives), a survey was designed and conducted to understand the level of awareness/preparedness regarding spam emails, the type of email accounts used, setting and sharing of passwords, understanding of viruses and anti-virus programs, internet and email policies and support available for senior executives in the public sector. The results from 46 participants’ survey indicate absence of policies as well as implementation of any existing guidelines regarding web surfing on office computers. It also found that there is little awareness regarding hacking of emails or data; computer virus and firewalls. The research concludes very low level of understanding regarding the risks associated with using private email accounts, and accessing emails from public computers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity Analytics for the Internet of Everything
EditorsMohiuddin Ahmed, Abu Barkat, Al-Sakib Khan Pathan
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherCRC Press
Chapter4
Pages67-92
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780367440923
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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