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Singaporeans Most Concerned About the Security Issues that Preserve its Position as a Safe Global Business Hub – 2020 Unisys Security Index(TM) Finds
SINGAPORE and BLUE BELL, Pa., 2 July 2020/ Medianet International-AsiaNet/--

-Singapore has highest level of concern among developed nations; family’s 
physical health and nation's economic stability top COVID-19 concerns-


New research from Unisys Corporation(http://www.unisys.com/) (NYSE: UIS) 
reveals that in 2020 the Singaporean public holds the highest level of concern 
about security issues among developed nations1, led by concern about data 
security issues, according to the new 2020 Unisys Security 
Index(TM)(http://www.unisyssecurityindex.com.sg/).

The Unisys Security Index measures concerns of consumers on issues related to 
national, personal, financial and internet security and is the longest-running 
snapshot of consumer security concerns conducted globally. The overall measure 
of security concerns of the Singaporean public is 199 out of 300 – the highest 
of the nine developed countries among the 15 countries polled in the 2020 
survey. It is 23 points higher than when the Unisys Security Index was last 
conducted in Singapore in 2008.

Data Security Issues Make Up Top Three Concerns: Bank Card Fraud, Identity 
Theft and Computer Viruses/Hacking
The top four concerns for Singaporeans are bankcard fraud (82% of Singaporeans 
seriously concerned about this issue), identity theft (81%), computer viruses 
and hacking (74%) and the security of online transactions (69%).

In a geographic region exposed to a broad range of natural events from typhoons 
to earthquakes, floods and bushfires, Singapore was the only nation in Asia 
Pacific where concern about natural disasters did not rank in the top three – 
with only 62% of Singaporeans seriously concerned about this issue, it ranked 
sixth of the eight types of security threats tracked in the study.

"Singaporeans understand the importance of data security to protect their 
position as a global business hub. It is extremely hyper-connected and is often 
cited as the best example of a smart city in the way it uses smart technologies 
to improve the lives of citizens2. As a primary resource-scarce nation it must 
protect its business and financial infrastructure for both local citizens and 
foreign investors. The high Unisys Security Index score, and top concerns of 
bankcard fraud, identity theft and hacking, shows that Singaporeans understand 
that they must remain constantly vigilant to maintain their trusted reputation 
as a safe place to do business," said Ashwin Pal, director of security 
services, Unisys Asia Pacific.
 
Women are slightly more concerned than men with a Unisys Security Index of 202 
as compared to 195 for men. Younger Singaporeans, aged 25-34 years, is the age 
group with the highest level of concern.

Top COVID-19 Concerns: Family Health and Economic Stability
This year, the Unisys Security Index also explored the impact of the COVID-19 
global pandemic on the Singaporean public. Overall, Singapore recorded the 
highest level of concern for these issues of the nine developed countries in 
the survey. Their top concerns are for their family and the economy with seven 
in 10 Singaporeans seriously concerned about the physical health of their 
family (70%) and the stability of the nation’s economy (66%). 

They are slightly less concerned about their personal financial security and 
health and the nation’s health infrastructure. And less than half are concerned 
about the risk of being scammed or a data breach while they work from home. 
Women are more concerned than men about the economy, and men have higher 
concerns about their children’s education.

Daphne Chee, director security, Unisys Asia explained: "Understandably family 
health is the top concern as for many they are home with you and you are 
responsible for them. The results show that there is consumer confidence and 
trust in Singapore’s health infrastructure. Singapore was prepared for a 
pandemic having experienced SARS and H1-N1 outbreaks. However, with the economy 
driven by exports in electronics manufacturing and machinery, financial 
services, tourism and the world’s busiest cargo seaport, there is a high level 
of concern about the impact of COVID-19 on Singapore’s economy."

"Despite Singaporeans ranking data security issues as the top concerns in the 
Unisys Security Index, in the COVID-19 environment there is little attention 
given to the risk of scams or data breaches while working from home. People are 
the weakest link in security – every unauthorised app downloaded, no matter how 
well intentioned to assist with remote collaboration and so on, just adds to 
the growth of shadow IT that may not be covered by the security rigour deployed 
across the rest of the organisation. Employers need to ensure their people have 
secure direct access to applications, are trained to identify and avoid 
malicious scams and phishing attacks designed to exploit the fears and 
distractions created by the pandemic and can quickly isolate devices or parts 
of the network to minimise the extend of a breach – because they will happen," 
Ms Chee warned.

For more information, visit www.unisyssecurityindex.com.sg. 

1 – The Unisys Security Index defines as developed country as having greater 
than US$12,000 GDP per capita.

2 – IMD Smart City Index 2019 – 
https://www.imd.org/smart-city-observatory/smart-city-index/


About Unisys 
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security-centric solutions for the most demanding businesses and governments. 
Unisys offerings include security software and services; digital transformation 
and workplace services; industry applications and services; and innovative 
software operating environments for high-intensity enterprise computing. For 
more information on how Unisys builds better outcomes securely for its clients 
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2020 Unisys Security Index infographic: 
https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/mnr-s3-prod/0029/000392_usiinfographic_singapore_final.pdf 


SOURCE: Unisys