Survey indicates Americans increasingly concerned about cyber security attacks
SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, June 29, 2011
As the U.S. power supply network continues to undergo upgrades as utilities invest in its development, many industry experts have called for enhanced smart grid security protections. U.S. consumers similarly are demanding that companies and utilities alike protect their privacy online, according to a new survey.
According to Consumer Reports, a new survey conducted by the Consumers Union found that the vast majority of Americans are worried about the ability of hackers to infiltrate networks that are supposed to be protected from such attacks. Data from the survey indicates that more than 65 percent of Americans believe the government should play a more active and bigger role in protecting their privacy on the Internet.
With the dawn of smart grid technologies, many homes are being incorporated into the power supply network in ways heretofore unthought of. Consumers Union regulatory counsel Ioana Rusu said that many consumers are wary of their data being stolen through increasingly sophisticated cyber security attacks.
"Very few people would agree that every piece of information they transmit should be available to everyone, for any conceivable purpose," Rusu affirmed.
The Senate Commerce Committee is slated to hold a meeting Wednesday pertaining to online privacy and data security, according to the Washington Post.
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