Term of Award

Summer 2020

Degree Name

Master of Science, Information Technology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Information Technology

Committee Chair

Christopher Kadlec

Committee Member 1

Russell Thackston

Committee Member 2

Elizabeth Rasnick


In the current information age, there is an ever-increasing amount of information being distributed online. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) facilitate this distribution. It is the responsibility of these ISPs to understand the complexities involved in communications as the security of communications. There is an increased societal/governmental focus being placed on information security. This increased focus is caused in part by scrutiny being placed on major companies who have placed users in compromising positions due to not properly securing their user’s data.

In this study, rural telecoms were assessed using a survey instrument to determine their level of security awareness. The study was designed to show the differing perspectives that may persist in places that are removed from urban areas which often have larger companies facilitating the construction and maintenance of communications infrastructure. With this in mind, we will draw conclusions based on the responses gathered from the employees of these telecoms, and by analyzing this data we will be able to discuss the current state of security awareness in these areas and what it means for the country as a whole.

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