National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee Release New Cybercrime Data for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

 National Cyber Security Alliance and McAfee Release New Cybercrime Data for
                   National Cyber Security Awareness Month

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2012

Nearly One in Five Americans Report Being Victimized Online

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Nearly one in five
Americans report being victim to a crime that was committed over the Internet,
according to a survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and
McAfee. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a coordinated
national effort focusing on the need for improved online safety and security
for all Americans and the study examines one of the month's focal topics:
cybercrime and law enforcement.




Of those surveyed, 17 percent say they have been a victim of a crime that was
committed over the Internet such as identity theft, data theft, bullying or
auction fraud, and 29 percent know someone who has been a victim of such
crimes. One in five Americans also had contact with someone on the Internet
who made them feel uncomfortable through persistent emails, stalking or in
other various ways.

When asked what puts Americans most at risk of a cybercrime or a loss of
personal information the largest number of respondents, one-third (30 percent)
said they believe connecting to an unsecured wireless network puts them most
at risk while 22 percent said not having any or enough security software.
Additionally, Americans' top two concerns while using the Internet include:
identity theft (41 percent) and someone hacking into their (or their family's)
financial information (13 percent).

The most cited concern for parents is adult sexual content, with 39 percent
stating this is their biggest source of worry. Additionally, 27 percent of
parents report the potential for their child to make contact with strangers
when they are online is their biggest point of concern. Other concerns
identified include bullying or harassment from peers (ten percent); identity
theft (nine percent) – which is continuing to grow as an issue; portrayals of
drug or alcohol use (three percent); long-term damage to their child's
reputation (two percent).

"The Internet is an incredible resource for connecting with people but as we
conduct more of our lives online, we must remain mindful that there are bad
actors using it to track, harass or make unwanted contact, and these criminals
are more resourceful than ever," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of
the National Cyber Security Alliance. "This data supports an ever-increasing
need for online users to be vigilant in their actions each day. Working
together, we can provide Americans with the tools and information they need to
practice safe online behaviors during October and throughout the year."

NCSA continues to work with leading companies in the cyber industry to
determine best practices for users to stay safe online. Roland Cloutier, vice
president and chief security officer of ADP added, "Our goal is to shine a
spotlight on cybercrime issues, and provide consumers, parents, and the law
enforcement community with an engaging dialogue, tools and practical advice to
protect against this growing problem. All Internet users must be educated to
recognize cyber threats and how to take ongoing action to protect ourselves
and our digital infrastructure from victimization."

Tom Kellermann, U.S. vice president of cybersecurity at TrendMicro, said: "The
threats posed by cybercrime are very real and can impact every person and
organization across the United States and around the world. By working
together, we can learn how to prevent these acts to provide a safer community
for all. We're proud to work together with the National Cyber Security
Alliance this month and throughout the year to spread the word about steps we
can all take to protect ourselves and our youth online."

NCSA is also continuing to work with local law enforcement and cybercrime
organizations to help facilitate an increased awareness and uncover best
practices with handling cybercrime issues. An example of such collaboration
includes an event today in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness
Month. NCSA board members and executives will join officials from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, local law enforcement
and others in Miami, FL to discuss cybercrime issues such as credit card
skimming, data breaches, viruses and malware and best practices with handling
such crimes.

In addition to the research study and today's cybercrime focused event, NCSA
is also introducing new collateral for victims of cybercrime. These resources
include a pamphlet entitled, "If You Become a Victim of Cybercrime" and a
coordinating brochure on tips and advice that were created with input from the
National Sheriffs' Association and International Association of Chiefs of

The publications are targeted to victims of malicious acts and detail the
realities of cybercrime, how to report cybercrime and who to contact, how to
collect and keep evidence of victimization, information on specific types of
cybercrime, and additional links for information. These materials can be
found at:

NCSA also advises all Internet users to access the Web using these three
simple steps: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. All Internet users should take security
measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions and enjoy
the benefits of the Internet. Here are some additional tips and advice:

  oWhen in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online
    advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If
    it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or
    if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  oGet savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and
    adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your
  oProtect your Money: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site
    is security enabled. Look for Web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://",
    which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information.
    "Http://" is not secure.
  oThink before you act: Be wary of communication that implores you to act
    immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for
    personal information.
  oBack it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital
    information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
  oHelp the authorities fight cybercrime: Report stolen finances or
    identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint
    Center( and to your local law enforcement or state attorney
    general as appropriate.

For additional information on how to prevent cybercrime before it happens,
check out the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign at NCSAM supporters can get the
latest news and updates on Facebook at and on
Twitter at @StaySafeOnline. The official Twitter hashtag of NCSAM is #ncsam.
The National Cyber Security Awareness Month Web Portal is also available at: and a calendar of additional NCSAM events
can be found at:

NCSA also welcomes organizations to show their support for NCSAM by becoming
an official NCSAM Champion and submitting their registration at:

Survey Methodology:

JZ Analytics conducted the online safety survey. The survey firm, founded by
John Zogby, surveyed 1,000 adults nationwide from August 31, 2012 to September
3, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percentage points and margins of error
are higher in sub-groups. The full study and fact sheet are available at:

About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through
collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors,
the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use
the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they
use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA board members include: ADP,
AT&T, Bank of America, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee,
Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC),
Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Visitwww.staysafeonline.orgfor more
information and join us on Facebook

About McAfee
McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is the
world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers
proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems,
networks, and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely
connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by its
unrivaled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that
empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by
enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent
disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve
their security. McAfee is relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways
to keep our customers safe.

The campaign was developed by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention,
a public-private partnership established in 2009 and led by The Anti-Phishing
Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to develop
and support a national cybersecurity awareness campaign. The Department of
Homeland Security provides the Federal Government's leadership for the
campaign. Industry, government, non-profits and education institutions
participate in STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Learn how to get involved at the STOP.
THINK. CONNECT. Facebook page at, on
Twitter at @STOPTHNKCONNECT, and the campaign website at

SOURCE National Cyber Security Alliance

Contact: Aimee Larsen Kirkpatrick of the National Cyber Security Alliance,; or Krista Alestock, +1-202-463-0013 x209,, for NCSA
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