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Report: Less than 1 in 3 Americans concerned about data security despite 400% rise in cyber attacks during pandemic

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Less than one in three Americans are concerned about their data security while working from home despite a 400% rise in cyber attacks during the pandemic, according to a new report from Unisys.

Mathew Newfield, the chief information security officer of Unisys, said the Unisys Security Index Report found for the first time since 2010, internet security was not a top concern for Americans. 

"A lot of these people are now working from home, and they have the mindset of because I'm on a machine that was given to me by the company or the corporation I work for, that I am secure just like I would be in an office," Newfield said.

He warned companies to not get a false sense of security, and to reevaluate networks, policies, technology they are using, and to provide training to employees. 

"Anything you can do to help your employee secure their home network is not only good for the company, but it is good for the employee and the employee's well-being if you want them to focus on their job," Newfield said.

Sam Segran, the CIO and vice president of information technology at Texas Tech, said the basics are the same.

"Whether you're using a company computer or home computer, you still want to make sure you have the latest operating system. You want to make sure they're constantly updated or patched, same thing with making sure you have an antivirus program," Segran said.

If someone falls victim to a cyber crime, Segran said they need to scan all their software immediately. 

"You need to see what the problem is. If you gave your credentials to someone, you want to change your passwords immediately, but before you change your passwords, you want to scan your system, make sure the system is clean," Segran said.

Newfield said there has been a significant increase in phishing and voice phishing attacks. To avoid them, make sure you have an antivirus, local firewalls and a personal VPN.

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