Unisys survey finds one-third of Americans view biometrics on smartphones as effective

July 6, 2015 - 

Unisys announced it has published the 2015 Unisys Security Insights Survey, which found that about one-third of American consumers view biometrics as an effective security feature.

The study, which surveyed 11,244 consumers across 12 countries, explores consumer perceptions of which industries most effectively protect their personal data.

One question asked respondents, “For each industry, how likely do you think it is that your personal information will be accessed by an unauthorized person either accidently or deliberately within the next 12 months?”

The levels of concern regarding cybersecurity were comparatively high in certain U.S. industry sectors, such as retail, government and telecom, found the survey.

Depending on the organization, the expectation that a security breach would likely occur within the next 12 months ranged from 21% for utilities to 44% for retailers.

However, the survey found that consumers in the U.S. are generally less worried about data breaches than those in other countries, with US respondents showing the lowest overall level of concern about likely security breaches among the 12 countries surveyed.

The Unisys survey also asked, “Do you feel that the use of biometrics such as fingerprint readers on smartphones strengthens the security of your information?”

Consumer perceptions regarding the effectiveness of biometrics saw mixed results in the U.S. with about one-third viewing biometrics as effective while a similar percentage of respondents were unsure.

The survey also shows that consumers have mixed feelings about the use of biometrics to protect smartphone data, with only 38% of respondents believing that it strengthens security.

Additionally, the survey finds that men are more likely to use biometrics to protect their devices than women.

Finally, the survey found that consumer concerns about unauthorized access to personal data retained by U.S. government agencies is relatively high (39%), which is likely due to the recent publicized breaches.

Previously reported, Unisys Corporation recently completed the initial phase of testing of a facial recognition system at Dulles International Airport, Virginia.

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