Seventy-two percent of 1,012 U.S. adults who responded to a Blumberg Capital-backed survey have rank foreign espionage as the biggest cybersecurity threat facing the U.S. government.

The 2017 State of Cybersecurity survey was conducted in collaboration with Researchscape and examined adults’ perception of cybersecurity challenges agencies, businesses and consumers face, Blumberg Capital said Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of respondents said they believe the security of confidential intelligence reports is the top government cybersecurity concern and 17 percent cited citizen record security as the biggest cyber issue.

Only one in 10 U.S. adults regard election interference through propaganda as a serious problem, according to the survey.

The report also revealed 60 percent of respondents believe they have never been a cyberattack victim or are not aware if they have, although statistics show that more than a million people are victimized by cybercrime every day.

Forty-five percent of adults said they would not be able to determine whether they had been hacked and only 13 percent were confident that they would know if they have been hacked.

Blumberg Capital said 39 percent of Americans are worried about potential hacks of their laptops and 38 percent are concerned about such attacks against their internet of things devices such as smart appliances and phones.

Fifty-one percent of respondents determined identity theft as the top cybersecurity issue facing consumers and 55 percent identified customer data protection as the biggest cybersecurity concern for businesses.

Sixty-one percent of adults surveyed believe their current employers are the most trustworthy regarding online data, followed by doctors at 52 percent and banks at 45 percent.

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Jeffrey Henning

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Jeffrey Henning, IPC is a professionally certified researcher and has personally conducted over 1,400 survey research projects. Jeffrey is a member of the Insights Association and the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers. In 2012, he was the inaugural winner of the MRA’s Impact award, which “recognizes an industry professional, team or organization that has demonstrated tremendous vision, leadership, and innovation, within the past year, that has led to advances in the marketing research profession.” In 2022, the Insights Association named him an IPC Laureate. Before founding Researchscape in 2012, Jeffrey co-founded Perseus Development Corporation in 1993, which introduced the first web-survey software, and Vovici in 2006, which pioneered the enterprise-feedback management category. A 35-year veteran of the research industry, he began his career as an industry analyst for an Inc. 500 research firm.