NZ: the luxury of physical security

August 21, 2007 at 9:01 pm 1 comment

The latest Unisys Security Index confirms what most Kiwis intuitively know- we’re not terribly worried about our physical security.

For many people visiting New Zealand from overseas, particularly countries fighting the global war on terror, there comes a realisation of the extent to which physical security is now driving the agenda in their home countries.

The August 2007 survey (pdf, 351 KB) puts the NZ index at a relatively low 108 out of 300. That’s 5 points down from the last survey in April and is the lowest ever since the index was launched in NZ a year back. Since the last survey, the National Security component of the index has fallen 7 points to 93.

Comparatively, Australia’s index is currently at 134 and Singapore’s 188.

So what are people in NZ worried about? The top three are:

1. Other people obtaining credit card / debit card details.

2. Unauthorised access to or misuse of personal information.

3. Security of shopping / banking online.

The luxury of physical security shifts the focus to better online security, protecting privacy, and fighting identity fraud.

Problem is, these are “soft” issues. It’s hard to get people to rally behind better online security and the rest; it’s so much easier to prioritise and direct resources into the “hard” issue of physical security.

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