Research Reveals Americans Not Aware About Cybersecurity Issues Happening In U.S


Although many cyberattacks made major headlines in the US this year, most of the customers are still not aware of the attacks. The latest study shows that users still lack basic awareness about these attacks and their repercussions on organizations and customers. Armis, a cybersecurity firm in its survey found more than 21% of respondents were unaware of the colonial pipeline cyberattack which happened in May. Whereas, 24% of the respondents believed that one of the biggest attacks that happened on the largest US fuel pipeline wouldn't have any long terms impact on the nation's fuel sector. 

Besides this, 45% of the working Americans didn't have any knowledge about the tampering incident on a local drinking water supply in Florida that happened earlier this year. Armis reports, "released new data uncovering the lack of knowledge and general awareness of major cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and an understanding of security hygiene. End users are not paying attention to the major cybersecurity attacks plaguing operational technology and critical infrastructure across the country, signaling the importance of businesses prioritizing a focus on security as employees return to the office." "Despite the spotlight on these attacks, the data shows that many consumers are simply not taking notice — and the responsibility of security falls on the businesses themselves."

Currently, many organizations are shifting back to the office, according to Armis, around 70% of respondents want to bring their work from home devices to the office. Besides this, the survey also revealed that 54% of the respondents don't think that bringing their personal devices to the office would pose any threat to organizational security. "From the Colonial Pipeline attack shutting down services to the Florida Water Facility hack endangering the water supply, to the ransomware attack on JBS, which could raise meat prices and also restrict access to necessary nutrients in developing countries — the impact of cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure has been evident. We’ve also seen ransomware hit healthcare in a major way, with attacks on Scripps Health's technology systems and a chain of Las Vegas hospitals," says Armis research. "