The Global Learner Survey is a first of its kind study letting us hear the collective voice of 11,000 learners in 19 countries. It’s loud and clear: they’re taking charge of their education. Read the full results at https://t.co/jvFtH0IO6k
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The constant flow of data breaches, usually swept under the carpet when it comes to consumers through the promise of free credit monitoring or small amounts of compensation, have contributed to a wider understanding of our data and what it means for our information to be stolen.
Names, addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, and bank account information can be used for identity theft, social engineering attacks, and in some cases, financial theft.
As consumers become savvier and are forced to learn how to secure their accounts, they may also place more data protection responsibility on the shoulders of enterprise companies that demand their information.
On Thursday, IBM released the results of a new study into consumer understanding and expectations surrounding data protection which supports these theories.
The survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll in August, includes responses from 1,000 US adults over the age of 18 -- over half of which said they either had been the victim of or knew someone whose data had been compromised due to cyberattackers.
In total, seven out of 10 consumers understood their information may not stay in the hands of an original company that requested it, and may, eventually, end up with other third-party organizations.
It does seem that discontent is brewing; or as IBM puts it, "consumers are flat-out dissatisfied with the way many businesses are handling their data."
The majority of survey respondents -- 84 percent -- said they have lost "all control" over how their personal data is processed or used by the enterprise, and as this control has been handed over, two-thirds believe that companies should be doing more to protect their information from compromise.
Read the full article at ZD Net.
Cybercriminals have been using ransomware to profit off of unprepared victims for more than a decade. It rose to infamy when the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks struck the world. Recently, attackers have collected more than a million dollars from the Florida cities of Riviera Beach and Lake City. In July, ransomware drove Louisiana into a state of emergency. Organizations such as the FBI and National Conference of Mayors have come out against making ransomware payments. This survey suggests that Americans believe government and businesses alike should do more to defend against ransomware and cyberattacks, that they are willing to contribute more to the fight, and that government officials’ decisions related to cybersecurity will impact voting decisions they make in the future.
- 64% of registered voters will not vote for candidates who approve of making ransomware payments
- 79% of registered voters will consider candidates’ stances on cybersecurity when making future voting decisions
- 66% of Americans believe that government organizations should never make ransomware payments to cyber criminals
- 64% of Americans believe that businesses should never make ransomware payments to cyber criminals
- 86% of Americans agree that when organizations make ransomware payments, they are encouraging cyber criminals to continue with such attacks
- 70% of Americans agree that when organizations do make ransomware payments to cyber criminals, it is likely because they were left with no other choice
- Roughly 1 in 5 Americans (21%) have experienced a ransomware attack on a personal and/or work device; among those who experienced an attack on a work device, 46% say their company paid the ransom
Americans are Prioritizing Cyber Security, Willing to Contribute More to Fight
The survey revealed that many Americans view cybersecurity as a priority. A large portion (87%) believe that government should consider it as such. However, only 51 percent believe the government is effectively addressing the issue. The survey also showed that 61 percent of Americans would support a federal income tax increase to help fund government efforts to defend against cyberattacks. The breakdown for the amount of tax increase Americans would support is:
- 25% support an increase of up to 1%
- 14% support an increase of up to 2%
- 12% support an increase of up to 3%
- 6% support an increase of up to 4%
- 5% support an increase of 5% or more
“Enterprises and government agencies have started to pay closer attention to cybersecurity as they have learned that it can have a detrimental impact on their reputations and bottom lines,” said Nicholas Hayden, Global Head of Threat Intelligence, Anomali. “It is encouraging to learn that average Americans are now more attuned to how important cybersecurity is and to find out that they are willing to make financial commitments to doing something about it.”
Read more at Anomali.
Kids pushing their parents for the coolest in back-to-school gear is a late-summer tradition, and today, youngsters have some backup: social media influencers.
Peer and social media influences on children are not news unto themselves, but it turns out these factors are affecting how parents spend their back-to-school dollars, according to a new NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll.
The online survey included 2,010 U.S. adults, among whom 595 are parents of kids in kindergarten through college. Of those parents, at least 6 in 10 say their children are influenced by peers or social media when making their back-to-school wishlist. And about half of these parents (51%) say they typically end up buying back-to-school products their kids want because of these influences.
"The whole notion of 'Keeping up with the Joneses' is amplified on social media, with an entire army of influencers telling your child what they 'need' to have this year. That can make back-to-school shopping a real headache," says NerdWallet personal finance expert, Kelsey Sheehy. "Ease the pressure by having a plan in place before you get started. You can even turn it into a learning opportunity and involve your child in the process so they can learn to prioritize and work within a budget."
Here's how parents are thinking about their back-to-school shopping lists, along with some tips on how to manage the costs and potential frustrations.
- Nearly all (97%) of parents with children in kindergarten through college plan on back-to-school shopping this year.
- Half (50%) of parents planning to do back-to-school shopping this year say they'll likely splurge, compared with 93% of those who shopped last year who say they splurged.
- Six in 10 parents (60%) with kids in school say their children are influenced by social media and 67% say their children are influenced by friends on what they want to buy for back-to-school.
- More than half (52%) of these parents say they feel pressured by their children to buy back-to-school items they want, even if they cost more than they'd normally want to spend.
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A third of U.S. adults are so stressed by the prospect of mass shootings that they avoid visiting certain places or attending certain events, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Harris Poll.
The survey, released shortly after a pair of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas left 31 people dead in the course of one weekend, found that an overwhelming majority of American adults—79% — experience some amount of stress related to mass shootings. A third of the 2,000 respondents said that fear was so great they avoid going to certain places or events, and almost a quarter said they’ve changed their lives due to fear of mass shootings.
Public events, malls, schools and movie theaters were the places or occasions that most commonly sparked fears of a shooting, according to the survey. U.S. mass shootings have occurred in each of these locations in recent memory. This year alone, mass shootings have occurred in a bank, a college, a warehouse, a municipal center, an apartment, a food festival, a Walmart and a downtown district.
Almost a third of Hispanic adults, compared to 15% of white adults, said they experience stress “often or constantly” as a result of mass shootings, while 60% of black Americans, 50% of Hispanic Americans and 41% of white Americans said they think they or someone they know will be the victim of such violence. The suspect behind the recent shooting in El Paso specifically said he was targeting “Mexicans.”
Read the full story at TIME.
Read the APA press release here.
By Erica Chayes Wida | USA TODAY
America runs on Dunkin', but they do go to Starbucks a lot. But do they really like either brand?
The results are in from a recent poll which determined America's "Brand of the Year" award for the country's favorite coffee shop.
Most would think Starbucks, as the international chain famous for its Frappuccino and Instagram-worthy drinks seems to have a location on every street corner. But it wasn't as two big chains edged out Starbucks for tied top spot.
Each year, the market research firm evaluates trends and people's interests to discover all of America's favorites, from the country's favorite burger chain to its favorite age group, which also had a surprising consensus.
To see what the best restaurants, consumer goods and retail brands were this year, the Harris Poll team recruited 45,000 consumers aged 15 years and older to assess nearly 2,000 brands.
So what makes Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme so lovable, besides the fact that they serve doughnuts all day?
"The common thread that runs across all the brands awarded here is their consumer devotion and respect for — and expectation of — performance. ” said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema. “These are brands Americans especially love and expect great things from in the future.”
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Read the full story at USA TODAY.