Survey reveals that only 36 percent of Americans would be a customer of their own employer knowing what they know about their company’s cybersecurity practices
San Francisco, CA and Woburn, MA – February 13, 2017 –Kaspersky Lab and HackerOne, the leading bug bounty platform, today announced results of the Hacking America: Cybersecurity Perception study, which revealed that American businesses and consumers still need a more comprehensive understanding of cyberthreats and how to protect personal and sensitive business data online.
To better understand how Americans think about hacker motivations, consumer versus business security responsibilities, ransomware and the political climates impact on the threat landscape, Kaspersky Lab and HackerOne surveyed over 5,000 U.S. consumers at least 16 years old.
State of Cybersecurity and Politics in the U.S.
The research shows that Americans remain divided regarding what impact the new president will have on the nation’s cybersecurity protection.
Cyber Security Practices Affect Consumers Purchasing Decisions
The results revealed that consumers are beginning to make purchasing decisions based on the cyber security practices of businesses; and younger generations, who are considered digital natives, see value in companies hiring hackers to help protect consumer data.
Responsibility of Cyber Security Falls on Businesses for Some, but Not All
The survey found that the majority of Americans are looking to others to take responsibility for their security; however, the younger generations believe that they should take ownership for protecting their own data when making purchases online.
Consumer Don’t Expect Companies to Give-in to Ransomware Demands
Ransomware attacks on businesses are on the rise – from an attack every two minutes in January 2016, to every 40 seconds by October 2016, according to a Kaspersky Lab report; however, fewer Americans believe companies should pay a ransom to get data back.
“This study helps to highlight the ongoing confusion among Americans, both at home and while at work, regarding cybersecurity,” said Ryan Naraine, head of the U.S. Global Research and Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab. “Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s imperative that the security community, businesses and governments routinely work together to educate Americans on cyber threats. We need to ensure that consumers and organizations are not only educated on the risks, but also know the best solutions for safeguarding sensitive data from cybercriminals.”
“Every business online today is vulnerable to new risks that are inevitably being passed down to their customers,” said Alex Rice, CTO and founder of HackerOne. “The data from this report highlights a growing trend that consumers cast votes of confidence in the businesses that proactively work with hackers to keep their data safe from breaches.”
For more details on the Hacking America: Cybersecurity Perception study, read the full report here.
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