The Size Effect of School District on Network Security Management: A Comparative Analysis of Rural vs City Public School District's Network Security in Missouri
Bentley, Shawn E.
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Technology is being used in most school districts. Every school has at least one computer in it. Those schools who connect to the internet and any other outside facilities need to make sure they have the proper network security. The purpose of this study was to determine if smaller public school districts in the state of Missouri have the same proper computer and network security as larger school districts. Further, the study ascertained if there was a difference in the network security training between the large and small school districts in the state of Missouri. A questionnaire was sent out to 390 school districts attempting to gather the data needed to determine answers to questions. Of the 390 questionnaires sent out, 60 school districts participated this is a 15% return rate. The data collected from the 60 participants was organized, analyzed, and summarized using descriptive statistics. The questions were analyzed with One-Way ANOVA. The null hypotheses were set at an Alpha 0.05 or 95% level of confidence and probability p-value of .05. The results are being presented using tables, figures, and narrative descriptions. The statistical package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyze the data. The findings suggest at this time there is no statistical difference in network security between the larger and smaller school districts within the state of Missouri. Additionally, the study showed there was no difference in the network security training the faculty and students receive between large and small school districts.