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Towards an Automated Security Awareness System in a Virtualized Environment

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dc.contributor.author Labuschagne, William Aubrey
dc.contributor.author Eloff, Mariki
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-08T11:55:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-08T11:55:51Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07
dc.identifier.citation Labuschagne, WA and Eloff, M. Towards an automated security awareness system in a virtualized environment. Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security, The Institute Ecole Supérieure en Informatique, Electronique et Automatique, Laval, France, 5-6 July 2012 en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-908272-55-3
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-908272-56-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/7705
dc.description.abstract A majority of African Internet users do not have access to the Internet. The lack of infrastructure in rural areas affects Internet usage. Since costs are high and the bandwidth low, these factors encourage users to access the Internet using shared resources. This is an efficient solution to access the Internet. However users might not be aware of the security threats that exist on using shared resources. Many companies provide security solutions to automatically protect resources on the network and security awareness training to users. This ensures that users are aware of the security threats and provide methods to mitigate them. These measures are useful in a corporate environment where funds exist to enable these security solutions. Public platforms, for example Internet Cafes and schools, allows multiple users to access the Internet using shared resources. This implies that multiple people will use the same computer to perform required tasks. Numerous security threats exist within the Internet sphere that could affect users utilizing shared resources these include but are not limited to viruses, keyloggers and phishing attacks. This shared environment could provide a platform that promotes the spread of virus infections. Users using these platforms should be made aware of these threats and monitor the effectiveness of the security awareness campaign. This paper proposes a system used to address these issues from a single platform. The Shared Public Security Awareness (SPSA) system is an automated virtualized system used to determine the current security awareness levels of users on a shared platform accessing the Internet. The system uses virtual machines to provide users with access to the Internet, assess the security awareness levels of the users, determines if any web browser components were infected by web based malware during browsing sessions, provides users with access to security related material affecting the users and provide reports on online behaviour. This paper evaluates the proposed SPSA system as a mechanism to conduct a security awareness campaign in a shared resource environment while providing a capability to analyze the online behaviour of users that affects the security of this environment. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject internet cafes en
dc.subject security awareness en
dc.subject security training en
dc.subject virtualized environments en
dc.subject cyber literacy en
dc.subject internet en
dc.title Towards an Automated Security Awareness System in a Virtualized Environment en
dc.type Article en


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