With a new story almost daily in the news about the latest databreach or hacking incident, is it any wonder that Americans areconcerned about personal cyber-related risks? Even broadcasttelevision is capitalizing on the issue with CSI:Cyber, the latest in the CSI franchise, inspired by theadvanced technological work of cyber-psychologist MaryAiken.

According to the Travelers 2015 “Consumer Risk Index,” anxiety overcyber-related risks rose from fifth overall to third overall. Thesurvey also found that the top three concerns all are related tocyber risk:

  • Financial security, including fear offinancial hacking, is a concern for 66%, with 30% saying they worrya great deal.
  • Losing personal privacy and identity theftworries 60% of survey respondents, with 25% worrying a greatdeal.
  • Cyber-related risks, including cyber, computertechnology, data breaches and risks concern 57%, with 21% worryinga great deal.

The other major concerns of U.S. citizens were:

  • Personal safety concerns 51% of those polledto some degree, with 14% worrying a great deal.
  • Extreme weather along with natural disastershave 43% of Americans concerned, with 13% worried a great dealabout threats to their property and personal safety.
  • Transportation and travel risks worried atotal of 42%, with 11% worrying a great deal about them.
  • Food safety concerns and risks worried 41%,with 13% of those worried a great deal.

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