Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

First Advisor

Tom Jamieson


This essay explores the relationship between individuals' cybersecurity education, literacy, awareness, and preparedness. While cybersecurity is often associated with complex hacking scenarios, the majority of data breaches and cyber-attacks result from individuals inadvertently falling prey to phishing emails and malware. The lack of standardized education and training in cybersecurity, coupled with the rapid expansion of technology diversity, raises concerns about individuals' cybersecurity preparedness. As individuals are the first line of defense and the weakest link in cybersecurity, understanding the influence of education, literacy, and awareness on their adherence to best practices is crucial. This work aims to survey a diverse sample population and analyze their cybersecurity education, literacy, awareness, and preparedness through regression analysis. By understanding the relationships between these factors, researchers can identify areas where individuals may lack knowledge or where increased knowledge may not be beneficial. The findings will contribute to strengthening individuals' defensive abilities and identifying gaps caused by inadequate education or awareness. Additionally, the study considers the potential impacts of lax home cybersecurity on workplace security. Ultimately, this research aims to enhance understanding of the influence of education, literacy, and awareness on individuals' cybersecurity posture and provide insights for future measures to improve cybersecurity practices.