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Underserved populations unaware of cybersecurity risks

April 23, 2019 / Help Net Security

Members of underserved populations are less likely to know whether they have even been victimized by a cyber attack, and they have lower awareness of cybersecurity risks. Partly as a result, they are also less likely to access vital online services, such as banking, health services, educational programs, and other resources, which could lead to them falling behind economically, according to a survey of more than 150 San Franciscans at diverse community-based organizations across San Francisco, as well as a survey of 142 people from a comparison group. The paper, “Improving Cybersecurity Awareness in Underserved Populations,” was released by the University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), and was authored by Ahmad Sultan, a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, who partnered with officials from the City and County of San Francisco to study the cybersecurity awareness of underserved citizens. This cybersecuri...