Study Finds Terror Attacks among Top Concerns Internationally

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A new study reveals that even almost 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, citizens in the U.S., Europe and Latin America are still very much concerned about potential terrorist attacks.

The report, conducted by Unisys and polling 1, 500 participants in 12 countries, focused on four areas of security that include financial, national, Internet and personal safety. More than half of the respondents surveyed said they believe airports and airplanes were locations most vulnerable to attacks.

Of the countries surveyed, European participants were most concerned about terrorist attacks. A breakdown of the countries most concerned percentagewise shows Germany at 79 percent, the UK and Belgium at 74 percent, Mexico at 70 percent, Brazil at 69 percent, the Netherlands at 67 percent and the U.S. at 59 percent.

The countries least concerned were New Zealand at 42 percent and Australia at 48 percent. The study found bankcard fraud as the No. 1 concern among respondents internationally. The findings also showed a rise in concern over national security in countries where financial security concerns rose.

Vice President of Enterprise Security at Unisys Steve Vinsik said even with all of the progress made in bolstering security in the last decade since 9/11, recent terrorist activities prove more work needs to be done.

“Recent events such as the Yemeni cargo bomb as well as highly publicized attempted terror attacks in public spaces have raised awareness in security vulnerabilities in countries around the world,” he said. “Governments and businesses worldwide must work together to address ways to protect our supply chains, public spaces and transportation infrastructures.”

Since the firm launched the survey in 2007, the U.S. and the UK reported their highest levels of concern ever.

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