A recent survey indicates high levels of distrust between the private and public sectors when it comes to cyber-security, as well as a general unease using social media.

The poll, released Saturday, May 1, in conjunction with a worldwide cyber-security summit in Dallas, found that more than 90 percent rate cyber-attacks as serious threats, but the sides vary on who is doing enough to secure their networks. Seventy percent of government officials think private-sector networks are unsecure, while only 39 percent of public-sector officials think government networks aren't secure enough.

The poll, which anonymously surveyed 34 government officials and 103 business officials from the U.S., China, Russia and India, was conducted April 19 to 26 by the EastWest Institute, a nonpartisan security think tank.

Almost all experts agree that the private and public sector aren't coordinated enough to avoid nightmare cyber-security scenarios, and many have predicted a rapid increase in international tensions if such risks go unanswered, according to an EastWest Institute press release. They urged greater cooperation at the private, public and international levels.

"These results point to an urgent need to build trust, not only between countries but also between governments and businesses on a global level," EastWest Institute CEO John E. Mroz said in a statement.


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