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Unisys Survey Shows Americans Split on Legislation on Cyber Threat Info
The survey show Americans worried about cyber attacks but weary of sharing info with government
By: Tim Watson
Jun. 17, 2013 07:00 AM
Unisys Corp. has released the findings of a survey showing most Americans worry about cyber attacks but are divided on whether the government should require private organizations to share information about cyber threats.
The Unisys Security Index surveyed 1,006 Americans through phone calls in March and revealed respondents are concerned about cyber threats targeting financial institutions (67 percent), government agencies (62 percent), health organizations (60 percent) and telecommunications and Internet services (59 percent).
Unisys said Tuesday these respondents have mixed views on a legislation to require banks, utilities and healthcare organizations to share cyber threat information with the government as a way to boost cybersecurity.
"Americans clearly see a need for stronger methods to prevent cyber attacks and many see a natural role for government in that process, but they differ on precisely how government and the private sector should interact in that regard," said Steve Vinsik, vice president of enterprise security for Unisys.
"Regardless of where the legislation ends up, businesses and government agencies need to realize that the costs of breaches far outweigh those of prevention - and that Americans are paying close attention," added Vinsik.
Forty-eight percent of respondents do not favor such a regulatory measure but 46 percent believe Congress should pass a bill to mandate private companies to disclose cyber threat information.
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