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National security remains highest concern for Americans

Unisys : 20 November, 2008  (Technical Article)
Despite the effects of the financial crisis, the majority of Americans still rate national security as their highest concern according to Unisys survey
A survey conducted by Unisys in early September shows a majority of Americans were relatively unconcerned about their financial status and paying their mortgages, loans or bills, indicating misplaced complacency before the impending economic crisis. Moreover, only 21 percent of US consumers were extremely concerned about meeting their financial obligations.

With the presidential election as a backdrop, national security was the highest concern among Americans in the four major areas studied in the Unisys Security Index. Nearly two thirds (65 percent) of US residents said they were uneasy about the war or terrorism. In fact, the number of people who said they were extremely concerned about national security rose to 32 percent, up 5 percentage points since the baseline study taken in August 2007.

"Given how the economy overtook national security in the US election, it's interesting that our research trumped headlines and found the reverse in consumer concern," said Tim Kelleher, vice president, enterprise security, Unisys. "Security and trust are interdependent, and the current financial crisis and change in administration will impact both. We'll need to closely watch views and values about national versus financial security to see when and what shifts occur in the months to come."

The Unisys Security Index is a biannual global study of consumer opinion on issues related to four areas of security: financial, national, Internet and personal safety. The results were tallied on a scale from 0-300, with 300 representing the highest level of perceived concern. More than 1,000 Americans responded to the latest survey conducted from September 5-7, 2008. The average score of 145 for the current Index indicated moderate security fears overall.

The Unisys Security Index also found that concern about personal finances varied significantly based on the respondent's race and average income. Blacks and Hispanics were nearly 2-to-1 times more worried about these issues than whites. When asked about their ability to meet financial obligations such as mortgages, other loans, credit card bills, etc., 65 percent of blacks and 63 percent of Hispanics were extremely or very concerned about paying their bills compared to only 33 percent of whites.

In addition, almost 40 percent of American households making more than $75,000 per year were not concerned about their financial obligations; only 29 percent of respondents in this income bracket were extremely or very concerned about their personal finances. In contrast, a majority (57 percent) of households making less than $20,000 per year and more than half (54 percent) of those earning between $20,000 and $30,000 were extremely or very concerned about paying their bills.

The latest U.S. results of the Unisys Security Index also found that:.

* Identity theft remained a top concern. A majority (62 percent) of respondents were extremely or very concerned about the misuse of their personal information.
* Only 9 percent of all respondents had no concern about war or terrorism.
* Senior citizens were less concerned than younger Americans about meeting financial obligations.
* Americans continued to be much less worried about Internet security compared to other areas of the survey. Only 15 percent were extremely concerned about Internet or email viruses, and 19 percent were extremely concerned about security of online banking and shopping.

The study also underscored an ominous reality for banks and financial institutions. A majority of Americans (60 percent) were extremely or very concerned about credit and debit card fraud. Most respondents (62 percent) also were extremely or very concerned about the safety of sensitive personal information. Still, given more casual attitudes towards Internet security, banks have opportunities with online services.

"Consumers continue to fear personal data breaches and yet they accept online conveniences," said Kelleher. "Especially in today's economic turmoil, it's critical that banks and other companies have a firm understanding of consumers' views on technology and privacy issues. Knowing these nuances can encourage development of more user-friendly security solutions that can raise confidence in worried customers, which is now more important than ever before. We also have companion data to the Unisys Security Index coming out soon that shows strong consumer trust and acceptance for biometrics, but these solutions are still in early adoption stages at most banks."

Unisys also offers a family of innovative security solutions in the public and private sector. These include the Unisys Stealth Solution for Networks, also announced today, an advanced encrypted data transfer system that protects data as it streams across internal and external networks.

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