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White House, Congress Flunk On Cybersecurity, Group Says

The Cyber Security Industry Alliance, which includes big-name security companies such as Symantec, McAfee, and RSA, blasted the government's progress in keeping the United States safe from cyberattacks.
Lack of leadership and progress in securing these resources, said Kurtz, are not academic issues, but exacerbate the nervousness Americans have begun expressing about data security and the safety of the Internet.

The CSIA's newest survey, also released Tuesday, put the overall consumer confidence in the country's info infrastructure -- dubbed the Digital Confidence Index (DCI) by the association -- at a failing score of 58 out of a possible 100.

The responses show that while Americans mostly believe that the nation's infrastructure is working, they're far less optimistic about how safe its components are.

"It's like driving your 1985 Ford down the highway when you know the steering isn't up to snuff and the car has bald tires," said Kurtz. "There's a level of anxiety."

The CSIA's survey, in fact, found that 48 percent of Americans reported they're avoiding making online purchases because they're afraid their personal information might be stolen. Those numbers match other recent surveys of declining consumer confidence in all things online.

Sixty-five percent of those polled said the government needs to make information security a higher priority.

"Americans are sending signals that they want their government to do more about information security," said Kurtz. "It doesn’t have to be legislation. Just some leadership."