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It’s not called paranoia when they are really out to get you!

May 16, 2011

First, there was the Axis of Evil.  Now there is the Index of Fear! Research by Unisys published last week offers an insight into the things that Americans are most concerned about.  The research looked at four areas: Internet, personal safety, national, and financial.  The results were illuminating – if not surprising!

The first thing is the climate of fear is growing. The overall index rose by more almost 21% from 2010 to 2011 – and is currently at an all time high of 164 points.  The four things that US consumers said they were most worries about securing were:

▪          Personal Information

▪          Credit Card Information

▪          National Security

▪          Online Shopping/Banking

The common link between all of these things… the Internet! Concern about Internet security is growing faster than anything other area, with a 35.1% year-on-year increase. With the report saying that 61% of federal IT managers say there is a ‘high’ threat of cyber attack sometime in the next year consumers might have a point!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are ways that commercial organizations and Government Agencies can protect their infrastructures against malicious attack – from both the outside and from within.  We’ve written about how breaches like the recent PlayStation Network, Wikileaks and Stuxnet attacks could have been avoided or minimized on this blog many times before – it’s now time to start implementing the measures needed to reduce consumers’ fear level.

One final note, two-thirds of those surveyed said that thought that Wikileaks should be shut down – perhaps because almost three-quarters thought the Government couldn’t stop another Wikileaks-style breach!

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