An independent study commissioned by GFI Software examining the business and societal impacts of cyber security issues, reveals stark concerns over the increasing personal and business risks posed by cybercrime and the growing likelihood that cybercrime acts will escalate to physical retaliation. With multiple recent high-profile attacks targeting household names and large employers the survey shows that individuals increasingly fear cybercrime and its resulting consequences at work as well as at home.
The blind, independent study was conducted by Opinion Matters and surveyed 1,008 US adults, working for companies with up to 5,000 staff that use a computer or mobile computing devices.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 43 percent see banks as the main target for cyber criminals in the coming year
- 17 percent fear that large business institutions will be targeted for crime and cyber espionage, but only - 12 percent believe retailers will be a major target, despite the potential for high levels of credit card data theft
- With healthcare data increasingly digitized, 10 percent are concerned that cyber criminals will target hospitals, HMOs and health insurers in the coming year
- The perceived threat from cyber attacks is hurting adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, with almost 60 percent either viewing Internet-connected home devices as too risky to own, or hesitating to purchase more devices
- 57 percent of respondents believe malware still poses the biggest threat to both individual and business information security
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