Identity Theft Tops Security Concerns for Americans
In Unisys' annual survey of security trends, U.S. citizens listed financial security and personal security as their two top concerns with the most worrisome threats being credit-card theft and identity fraud.The average American is less worried about threats to their physical security and livelihood than at any point during the last six years. But they continue to worry about financial and personal security, especially credit-card fraud and identity theft, according to an annual security survey conducted by technology and services firm Unisys. In its Unisys Security Index report published June 4, the company found that its indicator of American's level of concern dropped to 120, down from a high of 164 two years ago. U.S. citizens tend to place financial security as their top priority, followed by personal security, national security and then Internet security. More than half of all respondents put credit-card fraud as their top concern among financial-security issues, while 54 percent put identity theft at the top of their list of personal-security concerns. With many high-profile incidents and a lot of press about cyber-security, people are more educated now about how cyber-security affects them, said Steve Vinsik, vice president of global security solutions at Unisys. "Most consumers are less worried about cyber-security issues, but where they are most concerned is identity theft or bank card fraud," he told eWEEK. The cyber-security index began in 2007, launched by The Lieberman Group, a research firm. The survey measures the sentiment of more than 1,000 citizens in each country in regards to matters of financial, personal, cyber and national security.
Compared with people in other nations, U.S. citizens have fewer concerns. The score for the United States has declined to 120, while Mexico and Columbia have security indexes near 180, Vinsik says. The war on terrorism continues to concern citizens at the national-security level, but it fails to rise above people's concerns for credit-card fraud and identity theft.