Thursday, October 02, 2008

Americans Confused As Ever Over Cyber Security

Roy Mark writes on eWeek:

Most American computer users are aware of the dangers of cruising the Internet with the security windows down and they are taking precautions, or at least think they are. The numbers, though, say otherwise.

For instance, according to a study [.pdf] released Oct. 2, more than 80 percent of American computer users claim to have a firewall installed on their systems but, in fact, only 42 percent had adequate firewall protection. The study, conducted by the NCSA (National Cyber Security Alliance) and Symantec, combined polling and computer checkups performed by Symantec's PC Help by Norton.

"We must redouble our efforts to ensure that Americans know how to use all of the tools necessary to protect their computers, themselves and their families from harm, NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser said at a National Press Club morning conference. "Too often, cyber security has been made to seem complicated and inaccessible. Staying safe online appears daunting for users."

The NCSA/Symantec study was released to coincide with National Cyber Security Month, an annual education and public awareness campaign focusing on cyber security. The effort enjoys the support of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security), Symantec, McAfee, Cisco and Microsoft.

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