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Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.)


Information Systems and Technology


Jodine Burchell


The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) into educational institutions has necessitated the integration of IoT devices in the information technology (IT) infrastructural environment of educational institutions. Many IT leaders at educational institutions, however, lack strategies for integrating and deploying IoT devices in their institutions, which has resulted in numerous security breaches. The purpose of this study was to explore security strategies adopted by IT administrators to prevent data breaches resulting from the integration of IoT devices in their educational institutions. The diffusion of innovations theory served as the conceptual framework for this qualitative multiple case study. Eleven IT leaders in 11 public K–12 educational institutions, who had successfully integrated IoT in their educational institutions in the United States Midwest region, were interviewed. Thematic analysis was the data analysis strategy. The 3 major themes that emerged were (a) organizational breach prevention, (b) infrastructure management—external to IT, and (c) policy management—internal to IT. A key recommendation is for IT leaders to develop strategies to harness the efficiencies and stabilities that exist during the integration of IoT devices in their educational institutions. The implications for social change include the potential for securely transforming the delivery of education to students and ensuring the safety of academic personnel by identifying strategies that IT leaders can use to securely integrate IoT devices in educational settings.