Cybersecurity has been a fixture of news headlines in recent years, and most of those headlines haven’t been good.
From large corporate breaches like the one at Equifax, to global disasters such as the WannaCry ransomware attack, these dispatches raise anxieties about the security of our homes, workplaces and public infrastructure.
But with all the negativity comes a silver lining of sorts: Americans may be waking up to the need to protect themselves against cyber threats.
A recent survey conducted by Opinion Matters, and sponsored by Kaspersky Lab, shows that concern about cybersecurity is on the rise. Researchers, who polled 2,515 internet users over the age of 16, found that 80 percent of Americans and 72 percent of Canadians have expressed worries about their online safety. Although this is the first time this particular study has been conducted, the report notes that it follows an uptick in consumer awareness, attributable largely to frequent press about cybersecurity incidents. The Identity Theft Resource Center provides another view on increasing consumer concerns; the organization reported a 45 percent increase in incidents of reported identity theft.
Some respondents to the Opinion Matters survey — around 14 percent of Americans and 6 percent of Canadians — reported that they have experienced four or more cyber incidents over the past five years. This may indicate a failure, on the part of these individuals, to pursue effective security measures.
There are a few hopeful signs in the survey results, however. For instance, as individuals encounter online security issues, they are becoming more likely to use consumer tools, such as password management software, to protect themselves.
Organizations also can play a role in improving the cyber hygiene of consumers by providing opportunities for privacy and security education. Programs led by experts in the field are, of course, better primed to deliver a return-on-investment than run-of-the-mill courses covering basics.
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