11 May 2011

Internet security top concern for Americans, says report

For Americans, potential cyber threats are increasing security concerns to their highest levels since the WikiLeaks incident, according to a recent report by Unisys.

The company surveyed more than 1,000 Americans to measure their opinion regarding personal safety, financial, national and internet security. According to the report, the largest concern among respondents is internet security, which increased 35 percent since August. More than half of those surveyed are concerned with viruses, spam and the safety of online shopping.

Overall, the security index is at 164 out of 300 in the United States, up from the 136 the company measured six months ago. The security index measures consumer perceptions on a scale zero to 300, with the latter representing the highest level of concern.

"Recent events such as the WikiLeaks incident and some of the recent well-publicized hacker attacks may be pushing Americans to an inflection point in understanding just how critical the Internet is to all dimensions of security,” said Steve Vinsik, vice president of enterprise security at Unisys.

Cyber security threats increased during the first quarter of 2011. According to a report by an internet security company, the amount of daily threats reached 73,000 during the quarter, an increase of 26 percent from the first quarter of 2010.