Mount professor presents tech research at conference in Spain

December 13, 2016

Stephen Cheskiewicz, Mount Saint Mary College assistant professor of information technology, presented his original research on internet security at the Ninth Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Seville, Spain in November.

“User Perceptions of Information Security: A Multinational Prospective” is a collaborative effort between Chrskiewicz and Miquel Colobran from the Universtat Autonoma de Barcelona and examines both American and Spanish student perceptions of Internet security. The comprehensive mixed-methods study identifies what students in these countries consider the biggest perceived threats online.

People living in the United States spend more time using the internet, said Cheskiewicz, noting that Americans average six hours a day, while Spanish students were only online for two. In addition, when asked what the biggest online threats are, the Spanish respondents were concerned mostly with social issues: many noted that they feared cyberbullying and online predators. Americans, however, were far more concerned with monetary damages, such as identity and credit card theft.

The research is also slated to be shared at the International Academic Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii in January 2017, and a book titled “Com Preparar un Informe Percale” (“Making an Expert Report of a Computer Crime”) is currently in production in Spain, featuring highlights from the study.

The professors presented their first study, “Not so Private Practice: Student Perceptions of Information Security,” in February 2015 at the Eleventh International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society at University of California, Berkeley. They unveiled “User Perceptions of Information Security” at the Educause Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. in October 2015 and continue to improve upon it.

Cheskiewicz also chaired the Ethical Issues in Education section of the conference.

“This was a wonderful international conference,” said Cheskiewicz. “I enjoyed representing the Mount.”

Cheskiewicz has worked in the field of higher education for more than 20 years in both senior administrative and faculty positions. He holds a master’s degree in instructional technology, and a PhD in education in educational technology from Wilkes University. He is a contributor to numerous Pearson Education Business and Technology textbooks and is a published author in an academic peer-reviewed journal. His scholarship focuses on a better understanding of student retention and persistence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic programs.