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e@ser | Secure use of smart devices among the elderly: Towards education-based cybercrime prevention

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.07.00  Social sciences  Criminology and social work   

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Keywords
Smart devices, internet of things, elderly, cybersecurity, cyber security, cybercrime, prevention, education, training, intergenerational cooperation, certification
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
6,161.31
A''
1,283.83
A'
2,223.03
A1/2
3,116.75
CI10
970
CImax
118
h10
15
A1
20.84
A3
0.83
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 21, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  121  762  644  5.32 
Scopus  154  1,166  982  6.38 
Researchers (10)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  16312  PhD Igor Bernik  Administrative and organisational sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2024  665 
2.  53821  Damjan Fujs  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2021 - 2024  50 
3.  31407  PhD Tomaž Hovelja  Economics  Researcher  2021 - 2024  117 
4.  52374  PhD Anže Mihelič  Administrative and organisational sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2024  107 
5.  23953  PhD Marko Poženel  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  39 
6.  38302  PhD Kaja Prislan Mihelič  Administrative and organisational sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2024  282 
7.  31629  PhD Patrik Pucer  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2021 - 2024  88 
8.  21393  PhD Damjan Vavpotič  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2021 - 2024  217 
9.  33190  PhD Simon Vrhovec  Administrative and organisational sciences  Head  2021 - 2024  204 
10.  24930  PhD Boštjan Žvanut  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2021 - 2024  279 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  2131  University of Maribor Faculty of Criminal Justice  Ljubljana  5089638047  9,293 
2.  1539  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science  Ljubljana  1627023  16,704 
3.  2413  Universita del Litorale, Facolta di Scienze della Salute  Izola  1810014005  9,345 
Abstract
The population in Slovenia and the European region is steadily aging. New technologies may support the well-being and enrich the everyday lives of the elderly. Smart devices and systems, such as wearable and mobile medical devices, ambient assisted-living technology, etc., are at the cutting edge of emerging technologies. The use of such devices inevitably results in an increased inclusion of the elderly in the cyberspace as smart devices are usually connected to a cloud account, mobile app or both. However, limited proficiency and fears about cybersecurity may hinder the adoption of smart devices by the elderly. Although cybercrime threats related to the use of the internet are well-researched, little is known about cybercrime threats to the elderly related to the use of smart devices, their victimization, help-seeking and cybersecurity behavior with research on these topics being particularly scarce. Information technology training of the elderly (e.g., personal computers and smartphones) and cybersecurity training have been researched in the past with intergenerational cooperation appearing to be especially beneficial. Nevertheless, very limited research focused on education related to use of smart devices other than smartphones and related cybersecurity training. The overall aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive strategy for prevention of cybercrime related to the use of smart devices by the elderly based on cybersecurity training by generating the knowledge necessary to develop smart cybersecurity training that will enable the elderly to learn how to securely use smart devices and be adaptable to the varying needs of individuals. This project has a strong theoretical underpinning and will advance the state of the art in several ways to achieve its aim. The project will first provide an analysis of the cybercrime threat landscape related to use of smart devices by the elderly. Next, the project will offer insights into the behavior of both the elderly by determining cybercrime-related factors associated with their adoption of smart devices, and caregivers by determining factors associated with motivation of caregivers to engage in cybersecurity training of the elderly. Finally, the project will deliver a novel prevention strategy for cybercrime related to the use of smart devices by the elderly that will include cybersecurity training recommendations, and an approach for smart adaptation of cybersecurity training to the characteristics of individuals (e.g., age group, living and health conditions). The project will engage cybercrime experts, elderly people, people working with the elderly, experts on intergenerational cooperation, and academic peers to ensure the practical value and ecological validity of project results.
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