The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) have released a survey of American’s attitudes toward online security. Microsoft is an active participant in NCSA and a member of the NCSA board. The study found that:
Americans feel most vulnerable about the loss or theft of their personal or financial information. Fifty-four percent of Americans said the prospect of losing this data "extremely concerned" them (based on a rating of eight or higher on a 10-point scale). Losing personal or financial information ranked similar to concern over job loss (53 percent) and not being able to provide healthcare for their family (51 percent).
Ninety-six percent of Americans feel a personal responsibility to be safer and more secure online, while 93 percent said that their online actions can protect not only friends and family, but also help to make the Web safer for everyone around the world. The study also revealed the need for simple, easy-to-understand, actionable resources and tips to help ensure their safety and security online. Access to this type of information would equip and empower them to make more-informed decisions – even before they go online, the poll revealed.
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing is proud to be working with NCSA to help provide online safety education to our customers. Microsoft Trustworthy Computing’s Online Safety and Privacy Education website provides customers with information on how to protect yourself, your computer, and your family.
--David Burt, CISSP, CIPP