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Unisys Security Index Shows Low Levels Of Concern Among Americans About National Security, Even After Boston Marathon Bombings

BLUE BELL, Pa., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to new research conducted by Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), security concern among Americans has declined for the second consecutive year to its lowest level since the company began tracking global security concerns in 2007.

Results from the Unisys Security Index, which regularly surveys more than 1,000 Americans on various areas of security concern, showed a significant drop in levels of security concern across all categories for the second straight year. The poll was undertaken in March via 1,006 telephone interviews. 

On a scale of zero to 300, the overall U.S. Unisys Security Index scored at 120, representing a moderate level of concern. The score represented an 11-point drop from the 2012 Unisys Security Index, conducted in March 2012. All four areas of security concern surveyed by Unisys (national, personal, Internet and financial) declined for the second consecutive survey.

Immediately after the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing, Unisys conducted a special supplemental follow-up survey, comprising another 1,005 interviews focusing on national security and terrorism concerns. Even in the wake of the bombing, levels of concerns did not increase, and Americans surveyed espoused a significantly lower level of concern over national security matters than in February 2012. That said, 45 percent of American respondents remain seriously concerned about national security in relation to terrorism, down one percentage point from prior to the Boston Marathon.

"We were surprised to see that the events in Boston didn't immediately elevate national security concern," said Steve Vinsik, vice president of enterprise security for Unisys. "We believe this suggests that Americans have reached a new level of maturity and resolve with regard to security concerns. Americans know that the risks are there – in fact, are greater than ever – but we have a stiff resolve in not allowing terrorists to disrupt our daily lives."

Financial security, bankcard fraud and identity theft top areas of security concern

Financial security remains the number one area of security concern among Americans, with about one-third (32 percent) of respondents saying they were seriously concerned about their ability to meet financial obligations such as mortgages, credit cards, bill payments or other loans. However, those saying they were "extremely concerned" about their ability to meet such financial obligations dropped from 20 percent of respondents in 2012 to 13 percent in the most recent survey.

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