Only 17% of surveyed UK students 'genuinely concerned' about cyber-security

About three-quarters of higher and continuing education students, or 77 percent, recognise cyber-attacks as a burgeoning threat, yet only 17 percent of the collective student body are “genuinely concerned” over cyber-security, according to a new UK-based survey study.

Conducted by Jisc, a not-for-profit UK higher education technology organisation, the study found that 35 percent of surveyed students believe it is their own responsibility to learn about cyber-security. While 65 percent of surveyed students said they knew how to protect themselves online from security threats such as phishing, over 15 percent said they have had their personal email hacked.

Moreover, 35 percent of students didn't know what security measures were installed on their university computers, though 76 percent knew what security features were available on their own digital devices.