- There is a significant technology trust gap among Americans, with most believing that we should have a higher level of online data security than we have today.
○ Consumers trust US companies, and especially US device manufacturers, to protect their data and help close this gap.
- The vast majority of respondents own smartphones and use them as their main access point to the Internet.
○ Consistent with the use of smartphones as the primary access point to the Internet, new cyber attack vectors specifically targeting these devices are emerging, as two-thirds of respondents said they had received an attempted cyber intrusion via text message.
- A majority of respondents support U.S. government support and investment in U.S. technology leadership, and want Congress to avoid mandates or aggressive regulation of technology companies that would hurt our global competitiveness.
Jamil N. JafferFounder and Executive Director, National Security Institute:
“This investigation once again highlights the critical role American technology plays in securing our online privacy and security, including against cyber threats from foreign adversaries such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. As policymakers seek to preserve and expand America’s technological advantage against competitors like China — a key part of our national security in the 21st century — the survey indicates Americans don’t want lawmakers or bureaucrats Washington to strangle the very innovation that protects us online through government mandates or aggressive regulation.”
Ken GudeExecutive Director of Trusted Future:
“Americans love their smartphones, and with good reason. They are the gateway to the innovations and life-changing technologies of the future. But cybercriminals go where the users are and the public is worried about the increasing security threats to mobile devices Americans have identified a technology trust gap between how secure we should have and what we have, and trust American device manufacturers the most to protect their data and help close that gap.”
Sixty-three percent of respondents said we should have more security for online data than we do today, and nearly 7 in 10 indicated serious concerns about malware, Trojans, attacks phishing or smishing, spyware, viruses or third party data breaches. . These new findings come amid heightened legislative and regulatory context on US competitiveness, data privacy and cybersecurity.
A majority of respondents also indicated that they trust US companies in general, and device manufacturers, the most to secure their personal data, and often take advantage of built-in security features to help protect it.
Despite this, the survey also revealed that forms of smartphone-based cyberattacks are on the rise. Two-thirds of respondents said they had received text messages from unknown or illegitimate senders in the past year urging them to click on a link that might trick them into disclosing private information or installing malware. This cyberattack vector is called smishing and is becoming increasingly important with the ubiquity of smartphones and the sensitive information they contain, according to the survey.
The priorities of the American people were clear: they value American technology leadership, with nearly 7 in 10 Americans (68%) viewing American technology leadership as necessary to make United States a home for the well-paying jobs and industries of the future, while 6 in 10 fear that China can dislodge America’s tech leadership and the path to those jobs.
What the American people don’t want is equally clear: more than half of Americans want Congress to avoid degrading American technological leadership or crippling our ability to develop cutting-edge technologies (55.3%), while Only about a third of respondents support government security mandates (28%) or aggressive regulation of tech companies (37%).
And nearly half of all Americans (44.2%) want the government to dictate the security practices of private sector companies when it comes to protecting the privacy and security of individuals and instead focus on security incentives or allows private sector companies to define their own security practices.
The full survey is downloadable here.
About Trusted Future
Trusted Future is a non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that we need smarter, more informed efforts to build trust in today’s digital ecosystem in order to expand tomorrow’s opportunities. We believe we deserve a vibrant digital ecosystem that is trusted, accountable, inclusive and secure — one where you can be sure your privacy will be protected, your data will be secure, your security can be protected, leading to an environment more just, an equitable and inclusive society, and which promotes previously unthinkable opportunities to improve your life. We bring together experts, advance new research, highlight common-sense best practices, policies and recommendations, and explore new ways to foster and improve the foundational trust we need to support and sustain an ecosystem. healthier digital. For more information, visit www.trustedfuture.org and follow us on Twitter @atrustedfuture.
The National Security Institute of George Mason University Antonin Scalia Faculty of Law is an academic center and think tank dedicated to integrating a realistic assessment of the threats facing United States, finding concrete answers to tough national security questions and delivering them to policymakers in a way they can easily consume. The INS strives to educate future leaders and shape debate on critical issues by bringing balance to public discourse and identifying solutions that both enable strong national defense and preserve our constitutional freedoms. For more information, visit nationalsecurity.gmu.edu and follow us on Twitter @MasonNatSec and on LinkedIn.
SOURCE Future Trust