2013 has so far seen a number of examples of the fragility of digital information, and with the increased focus ATM robberies and fraud events have received, it might seem like the country (or at least the media) is more alert to the possibilities of cybercrime than ever before.
However, though this blog has mentioned repeatedly the ramifications of the kind of attacks that can compromise payment processing software, among other things, some surprising information has arisen that suggests exactly the opposite: when it comes to their online security, American citizens are apparently less worried than they've ever been, or so says the Unisys Security Index, which has collected data in this area for six years, according to BankInfoSecurity.
The study provides some trends that show different changes in multiple areas of concern. One of the more dramatic progressions in 2013 can be seen in the area of transmitting financial data over the internet, which saw an overwhelmingly high 36 percent of responders say that they were "not concerned" about this, compared to the 12 percent who were "extremely concerned."
And while 30 percent of 2013 responders reported being "somewhat concerned" about their credit or debit information staying private, the overall index has currently hit the low number of 120, only two years after reaching its highest number of 164.
Even with data privacy and online espionage more prominent in the global consciousness than before, it seems that most are unusually calm when it comes to these figures. This doesn't change the need for impenetrable point of sale processing, and businesses should always be on the look out for way to keep their systems free of malware.