National Cybersecurity and Public Trust in Government

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Brittany Evans

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Jeffrey Polet, Political Science

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In an age of uncertainty and insecurity—where a lack of legislative precedent and the growing pains of globalization reign indefinitely—the issue of national cybersecurity gains saliency. However, as international actors attempt to navigate uncharted waters, private individuals remain vulnerable to the shortcomings of both the state and international community. Therefore, this study seeks to observe the impact of perspectives on national cybersecurity and public trust in government. The method includes statistical analysis on a former longitudinal study of public trust of government in the United States, which maps to dates of publicized threats to US national cybersecurity; another method includes data on self-described public awareness of the landscape of national cybersecurity threats.

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