Strengthening the digital learning environment: integrating cybersecurity risk management and data protection methodologies

Journal: Region - Educational Research and Reviews DOI: 10.32629/rerr.v5i6.1450


1. Faculty of Computational Sciences and Informatics, Academic City University College
2. African Centre of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning, National Open University of Nigeria


Digital learning refers to the use of technology in learning that involves the use of at least a piece of technology like a laptop. The adoption of digital technologies and resultant transformation of organizations were accelerated in part by COVID-19 pandemic but have attracted cybersecurity criminals and hackers who want to gain unauthorized access to personal data, sensitive personal data like financial and health information to commit fraud or cybercrime. The objective of the paper is to raise awareness for active cybersecurity risk management and data privacy compliance, especially in educational institutions. An online questionnaire was developed and distributed using Google Forms, having questions related to cybersecurity and data protection methodologies with a sample size of 100 participants. The results from the survey underscored the importance of having controls and policies to prevent cyberattacks and data breaches. The paper concluded that it is very important to create awareness among stakeholders and implement cybersecurity controls and utilize data protection methodologies to protect personal data and corporate information. This would ensure compliance with related regulations and laws.


awareness; compliance; data privacy; digital learning; educational institutions; hackers; personal data


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