Only 17 percent of surveyed U.K. students 'genuinely concerned' about cybersecurity

In a survey of U.K. higher and further education students, over 15 percent said their personal email accounts have been hacked.
In a survey of U.K. higher and further education students, over 15 percent said their personal email accounts have been hacked.

About three-quarters of higher and continuing education students, or 77 percent, recognize cyberattacks as a burgeoning threat, yet only 17 percent of the collective student body are “genuinely concerned” over cybersecurity, according to a new U.K.-based survey study.

Conducted by Jisc, a not-for-profit U.K. higher education technology organization, the study found that 35 percent of surveyed students believe it is their own responsibility to learn about cybersecurity. While 65 percent of surveyed students said they knew how to protect themselves online from security threats such as phishing, over 15 percent said they have had their personal email hacked.

Moreover, 35 percent of students didn't know what security measures were installed on their university computers, though 76 percent knew what security features were available on their own digital devices.

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