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Brain-compatible, web-based information security education: a statistical study

Rayne Reid (Institute of ICT Advancement, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
Johan van Niekerk (Institute of ICT Advancement, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Information Management & Computer Security

ISSN: 0968-5227

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to demonstrate that learners prefer brain-compatible cyber security educational material, over traditional presentation methods.

Design/methodology/approach

A prototype brain-compatible cyber security educational system was evaluated using a survey as a research instrument.

Findings

Presenting cyber security material in a brain-compatible manner is an effective way in which to stimulate the learners’ interest, engages them in the learning experience and motivates them to learn.

Originality/value

As far as could be determined, no previous studies showed the relevance of brain-compatible pedagogical techniques to cyber security education.

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Acknowledgements

The financial assistance by the Vodacom/NMMU scholarship towards this research is also hereby acknowledged. Opinions expressed and conclusions arrived at are those of the author and are not necessarily to be attributed to the sponsors.

Citation

Reid, R. and van Niekerk, J. (2014), "Brain-compatible, web-based information security education: a statistical study", Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 371-381. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMCS-11-2013-0081

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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