When one thinks of Cybersecurity, the images of businesses and corporations being backed here into the United States from nation state actors such as Russia, China, and North Korea very often come to mind. But really, Cybersecurity is truly a global issue, and not one country alone can go at it.
Probably the main reason why we have the above-mentioned names stereotypes into our minds is the media. They really don’t report about other Cyberattacks that are happening in the other countries; just what is happening here.
So, in an effort to prove that Cybersecurity is truly a global problem, a Security company known as “Comparitech” embarked upon and completed a survey which examined 60 separate countries, in an effort to highlight those that have the best levels of defenses and those that are the weakest.
More details about this study can be found at this link:
What the study found is that there is no true black and white answer here; rather it discovered that all countries in the survey have their strengths and weaknesses, and that there is still significant room for improvement.
This particular study made use of 7 independent criteria in which to rank these countries, and they are as follows:
*The % of mobile devices infected that are infected with Malware;
*The % of computers that are infected with Malware;
*The total number of Financial Malware Attacks (this is when money is actually stolen from a victim’s account);
*The % of Telnet Attacks: This is the mechanism in which the Malware Attack Payload is actually delivered;
*The % of attacks that are launched by Cryptominers: This is when a computer is covertly hijacked in an effort to consume the electricity and processing in order to mine for Virtual Currencies (such as that of Bitcoin);
*The most fortified nations in terms of protecting themselves from a Cyberattack;
*Those nations that have enacted recent Cybersecurity Legislations.
Here are the results of the survey, in terms of the “bad news”:
*Bangladesh had the highest % of Mobile Malware Infections, at 35.91% of the total population;
*Germany had the highest % of Financial Malware Attacks at 3% of the total population;
*Algeria had the highest % of Computer Malware Infections at 32.41% of the total population;
*China had the highest % of Telnet Attacks at 27.15% of the total population;
*Uzbekistan had the highest % Cryptomining Attacks at 14.23% of the total population;
*Vietnam was the least prepared for a Cyberattack;
*Algeria fared the worst in terms of having virtually no Cybersecurity Legislation enacted.
Here are the results of the survey, in terms of the “good news”:
*Japan had the lowest % of Mobile Malware Infections at 1.34% of the total population;
*Ukraine had the lowest % of Financial Malware Attacks at 0.3% of the total population;
*Denmark had the lowest % of Computer Malware Infections at 5.9% of the total population;
*Algeria, Uzbekistan, and Sri Lanka Lowest had the lowest % of Telnet Attacks at .01% of the total population;
*Denmark had the lowest % of Cryptomining Attacks at 0.61% of the total population;
*Singapore is the best fortified nation in terms of being able to combat a major Cyber attack;
*The countries with the most up to date Cybersecurity Legislation are France, China, Russia, and Germany.
Based on this survey alone the country the least secure is Algeria, and the most secure nation in the planet is that of Japan.
My thoughts on this?
Quite honestly, I am surprised to see Japan as the most Cybersecure nation, at least what is revealed by this survey. But then as I reflect on this, nothing comes to mind about Japan when I peruse the Cybersecurity news headlines on a daily basis. All I keep reading about is the state of economic conditions that the country is currently in.
Also, the publishers of this survey have claimed that the United States also ranked high in terms of being a Cybersecure nation, but we are not mentioned anywhere in the findings that I have just listed. I am actually quite surprised about this, as I thought that the United States was one of the lesser secure countries in terms of Cybersecurity. Once again, maybe my mind is just being biased with all of the reports I keep reading about.
But no matter who is the most or least secure, the bottom line is that every country is at risk. This means that every nation and every individual (which even includes the remotest part on earth, and yes, this also includes Antarctica) are at risk.
Hopefully this study will be read by the major political leaders of the world, as well as the leaders of the Cybersecurity community. As I have mentioned earlier, and as even as one of my recent podcasts had said, no individual, no business entity, or even one nation can go at this alone. It literally takes a village in order to combat Cyber threats and attacks; and to share information, data, ideas, and knowledge.
Remember that old proverbial saying, that the two guarantees in life are death and taxes? Well now, make that three, now including Cybersecurity.