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Identity Theft Still Asia's Top Concern

The fourth edition of the Unisys Security Index revealed that 83% of respondents are anxious about identity theft

The fourth edition of the Unisys Security Index revealed that 83 percent of respondents are anxious about identity theft.

The survey polled 891 respondents, between the ages of 18 and 64, in Singapore to gauge its citizens' perception of security threats. The island-state scored 173 points, out of a possible 300, up slightly from 172 in September but down from the 188 index in May this year.

"The top two areas of concern for the past few surveys have been consistently identity theft and credit/debit card fraud," Scott Whyman, Asia South vice president and general manager at Unisys, said in an interview.

"In spite of healthy discussion and banks putting in tighter security measures, people still feel threatened regarding identity theft," said Whyman, adding that there were similar observations among other countries in the region, such as Malaysia and Hong Kong.

He noted that health pandemics--at 72 percent--ranked third as a key security concern, though fear of terrorist attacks had been highlighted in this position according to previous releases of the Security Index.

Provided by ZDNet Asia—Where Technology Means Business

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