Survey: Americans trust healthcare industry with personal data more than government

Fifty-six percent of Americans feel as if the country as a whole is less secure today than past years, according to a survey Tempe, Ariz.-based University of Phoenix released Oct. 26.

The College of Information Systems & Technology at University of Phoenix tapped Harris Poll to conduct its third annual national cybersecurity survey. The survey asked 2,012 Americans about their experience with and attitudes toward data breaches. Forty-three percent of respondents indicated they had experienced a personal data breach during the past three years.

Here's how five key industries stacked up when respondents were asked which business sector they were most likely to trust with their personal data.

1. Healthcare: 69 percent

2. Finance: 68 percent

3. Hospitality: 56 percent

4. Retail: 52 percent

5. Government: 46 percent

These perceptions contrast recent research noting hackers targeted the healthcare and financial industries most frequently in the past two years, according to University of Phoenix.

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