Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer and Information Technology

First Advisor

Marcus Rogers

Committee Chair

Marcus Rogers

Committee Member 1

Baijan Yang

Committee Member 2

James Dietz


This study explores the relationship between a person's knowledge of risk and their behavior with their use of online medical information. Medical information is gathered and recorded with a variety of methods and stored in a multitude of locations. Laws exist, however, breaches and leakages of medical data occur, typically through loss or theft. Lost and stolen medical information has potentially numerous nefarious purposes including medical identity theft. Medically identifying information can be made more vulnerable through careless use and oversight by both medical entities and consumers. While a person may be knowledgeable or aware of information security risk concepts, principles or practices, does knowledge of information security risk have a correlation to how comfortable a person is when using online medical data?