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United States : ???Americans Rate National Security as New Top Security Concern While Fears over Hacking Rise Dramatically, According to Unisys Security Index??

U.S. consumers rate national security in relation to war or terrorism as their top security concern, though fears over viruses/malware and hacking are rising dramatically, according to the new Unisys Security Index that surveyed more than 13,000 consumers in April 2017 in 13 countries. The global study gauges the attitudes of consumers on a wide range of security-related issues.

Highlights from the U.S. results include:

National security in relation to war or terrorism rated as the number one security concern, with 68 percent seriously concerned (i.e. "extremely" or "very concerned"). This marks a 44 percent increase since the last global Unisys Security Index in 2014, when 47 percent of respondents were seriously concerned.

Concerns over viruses/malware and hacking rose dramatically, with 56 percent of surveyed Americans seriously concerned. This marks a 55 percent increase since 2014, when 36 percent of respondents were seriously concerned.

The overall Unisys Security Index for the U.S is 169, which is considered a serious level of concern, up from 123 which was considered a moderate level of concern in 2014. This marks a 37 percent increase in Americans' overall security concerns since the last survey. The index is a calculated score out of 300 based on concern about eight specific issues within national, financial, internet and personal security. The survey ranks concerns from zero to 300. One hundred means "somewhat concerned," 200 means "very concerned" and 300 means "seriously concerned."

More Americans are seriously concerned about identity theft (61 percent) and bankcard fraud (58 percent) than they are about their own personal safety (39 percent).

There is clear differentiation demographically with overall security concerns, with 18-24 year olds registering substantially higher concerns than 55-65 year olds and those with lower income registering substantially higher concerns than those with higher income.

"Americans are feeling an acute loss of control when it comes to all different types of security," said Bill Searcy, vice president, Justice, Law Enforcement and Border Security for Unisys and a former FBI deputy assistant director. "National security has risen to the top because Americans feel they cannot control what is happening around them. At the same time, Americans' highest level of personal concerns center on identify theft and bankcard fraud. Again, this is because consumers feel they have less personal control than they should or used to."

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