December 13, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
“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
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