An interdisciplinary approach to address identity theft education

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The focus of this paper is to present observations related to information assurance (IA) in rural and urban populations. Based on our experience teaching college students in these environments, we have noted that on entering school, generally, individuals demonstrate limited background knowledge of a variety of computer related technologies. Students begin with a technical disadvantage that represents a readily exploitable attack vector for identity thieves. Because of the experience deficit, the hazard of identity theft is significant with possible severe detrimental outcomes for the student victim. In addition, the negative impact on the society as a whole is substantial. Methods that reach beyond traditional formal computer or network security instruction in the classroom and extend information assurance education across disciplines are needed. We have explored this direction at the university and have worked on strategies to educate students about identity theft. The interdisciplinary programs outlined here span the curriculum. In addition, we suggest community outreach programs that extend the scope of influence of information assurance education beyond the university to include surrounding at risk populations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2011
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781424491490
StatePublished - Jul 15 2015
Event2011 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2011 - Chicago, United States
Duration: May 23 2011May 25 2011

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings


Conference2011 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Internet crime
  • Trojan-downloaders
  • identity theft
  • identity thieves
  • information assurance education
  • key-logging
  • phishing
  • privacy issues
  • rural and urban student populations
  • social networks


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