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2019 Unisys Security Index

The Unisys Security Index measures concerns of consumers on issues related to national, personal, financial and Internet security around the world.

We surveyed eight security threats in 13 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, U.K. and U.S.

Global security concern has risen to the highest level in 13 years of the Unisys Security Index. The 2019 Unisys Security Index stands at 175 (out of 300) globally, a two-point increase since 2018.

Highlights from the Unisys Security Index survey in New Zealand include:

  • New Zealand’s Unisys Security Index™ is 139 out of 300, making it the third lowest scoring country of the 13 countries included in the survey – higher only than Germany and the Netherlands. Following the Christchurch mosque attacks in March 2019, New Zealand’s index rose four points to 143, but maintained its position as the third lowest score.
  • Prior to the Christchurch attacks, New Zealanders had the world’s lowest concerns about attacks at large-scale events such as World Cups and music festivals. Their concerns were primarily data security related, with 39% seriously (extremely/very) concerned about credit card data theft, and 38% seriously concerned about personal data theft through public Wi-Fi at such events. Fears of a criminal attacking and harming event attendees were lower, with 35% seriously concerned.
  • Following the attacks in March 2019, security concern has shifted to issues of National Security. More than half (51%) of New Zealanders are seriously concerned about war or terrorism – up from 29% before the attacks. In the Christchurch region, concerns about war or terrorism are even higher, at 58%.
  • There is an appetite in New Zealand for online content, specifically from social media, to be monitored. 80% of New Zealanders believe social media companies are responsible for monitoring and removing inflammatory content, such as hate speech and racist memes.
  • While social media monitoring is welcomed, listening technology is less so. More than half (54%) of smart device owners say they have started receiving social media posts and ads about a topic they had recently talked about aloud, and six in 10 of them are concerned about it.

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