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Social engineering awareness game (SEAG): an empirical evaluation of using game towards improving information security awareness


Olanrewaju, Abdus-Samad Temitope and Zakaria, Nur Haryani (2015) Social engineering awareness game (SEAG): an empirical evaluation of using game towards improving information security awareness. In: 5th International Conference on Computing and Informatics (ICOCI) 2015, 11-13 August 2015, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Abstract

The sharp rise of social engineering attacks in recent years poses serious threats to technology consumers.This is due to the degree of damage that can be done through social engineering. This paper seeks to elaborate on the use of a Social Engineering Awareness Game (SEAG) to improve the rate of awareness of social engineering.This game was tailored towards the needs of technology consumers that are intended to make use of it by ensuring that not only it is knowledgeable but also attractive and fun. In this paper we highlighted the objectives of this study and how it was done.A control laboratory experiment involving participants randomly assigned to either the experimental group or control group (using paper-based) to evaluate the outcome. The impact that the game had on the participants was recorded with an average of 71% improvement in their knowledge and awareness of social engineering, this made them to find the game beneficial and informative.The major drawback of the game is it needs to be more user-friendly and centered.We conclude by showing the need for more research to be put in place pertaining to the aspect of using games in the educational field especially in the network security field that has more threats growing rapidly.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN No: 978-967-0910-02-4 Jointly organized by: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) & Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social engineering, information security awareness, educational games
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing
Depositing User: Mrs. Nur Haryani Zakaria
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 07:36
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/15544

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