Room for improvement when it comes to cybersecurity: CSA

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Anthony Chia

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While many would agree that everyone has a role to play in cybersecurity, there is room for improvement when it comes to cyber hygiene awareness and practices. This is according to the first Cybersecurity Public Awareness Survey commissioned by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.

In the survey, seven in 10 respondents agreed that every individual has a role to play in cybersecurity, while close to three in five respondents were extremely concerned about the security of their financial and personal information. People were also well aware of the need for strong passwords, with 86% saying that they used a combination of letters, numbers and symbols in their passwords.

However, this did not translate to strong cyber hygiene practices – 33% stored their passwords on the computer or wrote them down, and 31% used the same passwords for work and personal accounts. Additionally, 41% do not conduct virus scans when downloading files from cloud storage services or external devices. More than six in 10 respondents also connected to open, non-password protected WiFi networks in public places.

The majority of respondents, however, expressed interest in learning more about cybersecurity. Mr David Koh, chief executive of CSA, said: “We will continue to explore ways to reach out to people with the necessary cybersecurity resources and information, so that they can take ownership of their cyber hygiene and support Singapore’s journey to become a Smart Nation.”

Source: CSA

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