Analyzing Student Academic Performance and Cybersecurity Awareness Levels: Basis for Enhancing Instruction

Rhoel Anthony Garcia Torres, Cris Norman Patacsil Olipas


This study examines the academic performance and cybersecurity awareness levels among first-year Information Technology (IT) students enrolled in ITNET-02 (Networking 2) course at the College of Information and Communications Technology, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology Sumacab Campus, during the academic year 2023-2024. In a descriptive quantitative research design, the researchers collected data by administering a structured survey questionnaire to 138 respondents. The demographic profile reveals a predominantly male student cohort, with a significant portion reporting prior experience or background in networking or cybersecurity. Academic performance analysis indicates satisfactory achievement levels across various grading categories, reflecting a foundational understanding of IT concepts among the students. In terms of cybersecurity awareness, respondents demonstrate a high level of knowledge of general cybersecurity principles, phishing awareness, safe online practices, cybersecurity behaviors, and incident response. Based on these findings, recommendations for further instructional quality improvement include integrating targeted cybersecurity modules into the curriculum, emphasizing practical applications of cybersecurity principles, fostering a gender-inclusive environment in IT education, and providing ongoing professional development for educators to enhance teaching effectiveness in cybersecurity topics. This study provides valuable insights into the current academic performance and cybersecurity awareness levels among IT students in the research locale, highlighting opportunities for enhancing educational strategies and preparing students to address cybersecurity challenges in their academic and professional endeavors.


Academic Performance; Cybersecurity Awareness; Descriptive; Information Technology; Instruction;

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