Vulnerability Management, Email security, Malware

Consumer cyber defenses lagging

U.S. consumers continue to lag in identifying and defending against cybersecurity threats even though the average prevalence of connected devices per household has risen by 25% between 2020 and 2022, according to TechRepublic. Significantly fewer than half of consumers could explain various cybersecurity threats, including malware, phishing, distributed denial-of-service, and IP spoofing attacks but 61% reported somewhat, strongly, or completely believing the default protection of new smart home devices against most cyber threats, a Comcast report showed. Moreover, risky online behaviors have been conducted by 78% of respondents, which is 14% higher than in 2020. Reused passwords and disabled multi-factor authentication were observed among nearly 75% of baby boomers, compared with 80% of Generation X, 82% of millennials, and 87% of Generation Z. While only 20% reported immediately knowing when they are impacted by a cyberattack, more respondents noted having increased awareness regarding threats. Millennials were more aware of malware and phishing than Gen Z.

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