In the second release of the Unisys Security Index, Singapore has recorded a sharp increase for May 2007, compared to the previous survey in September 2006.
The Unisys Security Index survey has been developed as an arbitrary and regular measure of levels of concern held by Singaporeans towards a range of security issues across four areas of National, Financial, Internet and Personal Security.
In this second issue of the Unisys Security Index, leading market research firm, Synovate surveyed 908 adults aged between 18 and 64 years over the period 10 February 2007 to 4 March 2007. The ensuing results indicate that Singaporeans are concerned about identity theft such as misuse of personal information and credit card theft than they are about terrorism and war, according to the benchmark Unisys Security Index.
The Unisys Security Index for Singapore now stands at 188 out of 300 compared to 173 in September 2006. Overall, the Index has rose 15 points - on the back of a rise in concern about Internet and Personal Security.
“The world is rapidly moving towards a single, unified security ecosystem and Unisys is at the forefront of this development. Our challenge is to ensure that the needs of the community and government are served in a manner which protects privacy and enhances security for everyone”, said Scott Whyman, VP and GM of Unisys Asia South.
“The latest result from the Unisys Security Index clearly indicates that levels of concern in the community are increasing while the nation’s top 3 security concerns remain unchanged. It also indicates that Singaporeans are very aware of the various aspects and impact of security on their lives,” he added.
“This is consistent with emerging trends across our client base and dovetails into our aim of providing businesses, governments and consumers today with greater visibility sand a much more comprehensive understanding of the range of security issues involved today. With this information, we are confident that they will be able to appreciate and address these issues with greater clarity,” he added.
All four indices recorded significant increases with Internet Security rising 19 points:
National Security – 194: Up 8 points
Financial Security – 199: Up 15 points
Internet Security – 155: Up 19 points
Personal Security – 204: Up 17 points
The Top 3 concerns of Singaporeans retained the same ranking as in September 2006.
• 87% of Singaporeans say they are extremely or very concerned about unauthorized access to or misuse of their personal information.
• 83% say they are extremely or very concerned about other people obtaining their credit and or debit card details.
• 77% of Singaporeans say they are extremely or very worried about the prospect of a health epidemic.
The single highest increase in concern was recorded in the area of Personal Security with 67% of Singaporeans saying they are extremely or very concerned about their personal safety over the next 6 months; an increase of 10 percentage points over the September 2006 results.
Other key demographic findings in the May 2007 Unisys Security Index include:
• Middle Income earners more concerned about financial fraud
91% of those earning between S$3000 and S$4499 a month are extremely or very concerned about others obtaining their credit or debit card details. This compares to 80% of those earning less than S$2999 per month.
• Women more concerned about War or Terror
73% of women are extremely or very concerned about war or an act of terror compared to 64% of men.
• Older people less concerned about internet security
47% of those aged 50 to 64 said they were extremely or very concerned about computer security in relation to viruses and unsolicited emails. This contrasts with 61% of those aged 18 to 34.
The Unisys Security Index provides a unique insight into the attitudes of Singaporeans on a wide range of security related issues.
The Unisys Security Index is also rolled out across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The Index respectively are:
• Malaysia: 179 - Up from 173 in 2006
• Hong Kong: 180 - Benchmark Survey
• Australia: 134 - Up from 116 in 2006
• New Zealand: 113 - Up from 110 in 2006
Unisys on Security
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