Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Security concerns reach new peak, Unisys Security Index
Posted on 27-Jun-2017 14:11 | Tags Filed under: News



The New Zealand public’s concern about security issues is the highest it has been in the last decade – according to the 2017 Unisys Security Index. 

 

The overall Unisys Security Index for New Zealand is 154 out of 300, up from 137 compared to the last survey in 2014. It is the highest index since the research was first conducted in New Zealand in 2006. New Zealand recorded the ninth highest index of the 13 countries surveyed. 

 

The Unisys Security Index is a global study that gauges the attitudes of consumers on a wide range of issues related to national, personal, financial and Internet security. The survey polled 1,012 adults in New Zealand during April 2017. The 13 countries surveyed are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, UK and U.S.  

 

Top concerns for Kiwis:

 

The top two security concerns for New Zealanders are:

 

  • Identity Theft:  55 percent of New Zealanders are extremely or very concerned about unauthorised access to, or misuse of, personal information.
  • Bank Card Fraud:  54 percent of New Zealanders are similarly concerned about other people obtaining or using their credit/debit card details. 

“More than half of New Zealanders are seriously concerned about identity theft and credit card/debit fraud. Identity is fundamental to addressing both of these issues. Anchoring our identity with secure multifactor authentication (including biometrics) provides a strong deterrent to unauthorised people accessing our personal information, our finances and the IT systems we depend upon,” said John Kendall, director of border and national security programs, Unisys. 

 

“Banks, retailers and governments wanting to move more of their transactions online can use innovative security measures as a point of difference and position themselves as safe organisations to do business with – not only in terms of preventing data breaches, but also in terms of minimising the impact on customers in a world where breaches are inevitable. Many banks already do this well, setting an example for retailers and government agencies to follow,” said Mr Kendall. 

 

The biggest jump in security concern for Kiwis is related to natural disasters, with 51 percent concerned about a serious event such as an earthquake, flood or epidemic occurring in New Zealand – up from 39 percent in 2014. It is the third highest concern for New Zealanders. 

 

“The high level of concern regarding natural disasters is not surprising for New Zealand, but even here digital technology can help address this concern.  Our increasingly interconnected digital world also enables the development of ‘smart cities’ with interconnected and intelligent infrastructure that automatically detect, predict and respond to issues by initiating maintenance or redirecting traffic flow. In New Zealand where natural disasters from earthquakes to destructive weather are a very real and regular threat, there is a huge opportunity to harness these intelligent systems to predict and manage responses to better protect citizens and minimise impacts,” said Mr Kendall. 

 

Demographic Differences:

 

Women are more concerned than men (index for women is 159 vs 149 for men), particularly for national security and natural disasters. 

 

Young people aged 18-24 years are the most concerned age group (index of 169), with concern steadily dropping as age increases (down to an index of 142 for 45-54 year olds). Kiwis aged 45-54 years are the least concerned age group. 

 

The results for New Zealand are fairly consistent across the North and South Islands.  

 

Global comparisons:

 

“The increase in the Unisys Security Index for New Zealand reflects the global trend where all but one of the countries involved in the last round of the survey in 2014 recorded increases,” said Mr Kendall. 

 

“While the emerging markets of Philippines, Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil and Argentina recorded the highest index scores, the biggest increases are in the mature markets of Netherlands, Australia, U.S. and UK where concerns regarding digital security are top of mind. To protect fragile consumer trust in today’s digital economy, organisations have to assume that they will eventually be breached and take immediate steps to minimise and contain the impact on themselves and their customers in order to gain and maintain that trust,” he said.

 



More information: http://www.unisys.com/unisys-security-index/n...




comments powered by Disqus


Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Vodafone and my terrible experience
Created by Rudster, last reply by dejadeadnz on 11-Dec-2017 22:25 (20 replies)
Pages... 2


2018 Census Q&A
Created by freitasm, last reply by IcI on 14-Dec-2017 23:33 (59 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


BBQ Tips and Tricks
Created by Goosey, last reply by Paul1977 on 13-Dec-2017 08:49 (47 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Router in AP mode vs Wireless AP on ceiling - best coverage?
Created by Starscream122, last reply by Crowdie on 14-Dec-2017 22:53 (26 replies)
Pages... 2


Courier woes - what to do?
Created by redeye52, last reply by NzBeagle on 14-Dec-2017 20:19 (40 replies)
Pages... 2 3


MacBook Pro - Graphics card failure - consumer law
Created by am289, last reply by Lias on 11-Dec-2017 14:14 (13 replies)

Washing Machine - Super exciting...
Created by WyleECoyoteNZ, last reply by davidcole on 14-Dec-2017 23:10 (12 replies)

Foul Smell Coming from Car AC
Created by meetmarvin, last reply by lNomNoml on 14-Dec-2017 23:59 (11 replies)