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We’d like to think that the digital world is quite secure, given the off chance that you are a victim of fraud. But how safe are you really in the cyber world? And in which country would you be the safest? Knowing reality can change how safe you think the internet is.

We all know how vulnerable our data is in the digital space with the innumerable scams, frauds, phishing schemes, malware and viruses out there, but yet we blindly agree to terms and conditions, grant access to apps and websites, allow them to collect our data, and eventually become victims.

Comparitech carried out a study of 60 countries to rank them from the most secure to the least secure. What they found was that not a single country is “top of the class” when it comes to cybersecurity. Every country could make significant changes to improve their current status.

What was the study based on?

Comparitech only analyzed countries that had sufficient data to cover all categories of scoring. Taken into consideration were seven criteria, each of which carried equal weightage in the overall score.

Percentage of malware-infected computers
• Percentage of malware-infected mobile phones
• 
The number of financial malware attacks
• 
Percentage of telnet attacks (by country of origin)
• 
Percentage of attacks by crypto miners
• 
Countries with the legislation that is up to date
• 
Countries best prepared for cyber attacks

How were rankings calculated?

The first 5 criteria were based on the percentage of attacks that happened in 2018. The Global Cybersecurity Index (CGI) was used to score countries for preparation against cyber attacks. Legislations were scored based on current legislation in place including drafts. This spanned across seven categories - military, critical infrastructure, national strategy, content, commerce, privacy, and crime. If a country had legislation in one category, they received one point, or half a point if a draft existed.

A country was given a point for each criterion depending on where it ranked between the lowest-ranking and highest-ranking countries. Countries received 100 points if they were the least cyber secure ones, while countries with high cybersecurity received 1 point. Countries that fell in between were scored on a percentage basis depending on their rank.

The overall score was calculated taking the average of a country’s score across all the categories.

The most cybersecure countries in the world

Reports revealed that Japan topped the list as the most cybersecure country scoring quite low amongst a major chunk of the categories. It scored a little higher in the areas of legislation and preparation.

Other countries that showed good cybersecurity included the United States, Denmark, Canada and France. Some countries scored well in a few categories and poorly in others, but the overall average brought their rankings up. These countries include Algeria, Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan for the lowest telnet attack scores. Ukraine scored the lowest for financial malware attacks.

Criteria Country Score
Lowest percentage of mobile malware Japan 1.34% of users
Lowest percentage of computer malware Denmark 5.9% of users
Lowest percentage of financial malware Ukraine 0.3% of users
Lowest percentage of telnet attacks Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Algeria 0.01%
Lowest percentage of cryptominer attacks Denmark 0.61% of users
Most up-to-date legislations France, Russia, China and Germany All 7 categories
Best preparation for cyber attacks Singapore 0.925

The least cybersecure countries in the world

According to Comparitech’s study, the least cybersecure country is Algeria. Though it ranked well in the least number of Telnet attacks, it had a high number of computer malware infections, mobile malware and did poorly in legislation and preparation.

Other countries that ranked among the least secure included Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Criteria Country Score
Highest percentage of mobile malware Bangladesh 35.91%
Highest percentage of computer malware Algeria 32.41%
Highest percentage of financial malware Germany 3% of users
Highest percentage of telnet attacks China 27.15%
Highest percentage of cryptominer attacks Uzbekistan 14.23% of users
Worst up-to-date legislations Algeria 1 key category
Least preparation for cyber attacks Vietnam 0.245

Cybersecurity of countries ranked from highest to lowest

Rank Country Percentage of Computers Infected with Malware Percentage of Mobiles Infected with Malware Financial Malware Attacks (% of Users) Percentage of Attacks by Cryptominers Percentage of Telnet Attacks by Originating Country (IoT) Most Up-to-Date Legislation Best Prepared for Cyberattacks Score
1 Japan 8.3 1.34 0.5 1.1 1.23 6 0.786 8.81
2 France 16.2 4.72 0.4 1.12 0.67 7 0.819 10.58
3 Canada 14.3 3.91 0.4 0.81 0.47 6 0.818 11.19
4 Denmark 5.9 1.98 0.4 0.61 0.04 5 0.617 12.04
5 United States 10.3 7.68 0.5 0.71 4.47 5.5 0.919 12.2
6 Ireland 7.9 3.73 0.5 0.85 0.06 5 0.675 13.41
7 Sweden 11 3.15 0.4 1.31 0.45 5 0.733 13.78
8 United Kingdom 10.5 3.68 0.7 0.88 1.07 5 0.783 14.15
9 Netherlands 8.1 3.71 0.6 1.06 0.32 4 0.76 15
10 Singapore 8.5 8.18 0.8 1.61 0.14 4 0.925 15.13
11 Australia 14.5 5.47 0.8 0.88 0.37 5 0.824 16.34
12 Czech Republic 10.9 5.68 0.5 1.44 0.34 4 0.609 20.37
13 Belgium 13.5 4.11 0.4 0.97 0.07 3 0.671 21.03
14 Turkey 15.6 8.94 0.8 2.17 1.82 6 0.581 23.2
15 Spain 18.6 5.14 0.8 1.56 1.1 4 0.718 24.12
16 Austria 12.3 2.94 1.4 0.84 0.12 3 0.639 25.76
17 Germany 15.7 3.41 3 0.91 1.11 7 0.679 26.48
18 Croatia 15.2 3.66 1.8 1.91 0.05 5 0.59 27.09
19 Mexico 19.5 10.49 0.7 1.43 0.73 4 0.66 27.17
20 Hungary 20.2 7.28 0.8 4.19 0.3 6 0.534 27.3
21 Poland 19.9 5.83 0.8 1.73 1.23 4 0.622 27.36
22 Colombia 16.4 12.52 0.5 2.01 0.52 4 0.569 27.69
23 Russia 23 10.11 0.6 6.89 7.87 7 0.788 28.02
24 Argentina 18.8 11.71 0.9 2.11 0.86 6 0.482 28.11
25 Italy 18 5.24 1.3 1.14 1.75 4 0.626 28.31
26 Malaysia 21.7 15.46 2.1 2.87 0.24 5 0.893 31.79
27 Thailand 19.7 7.26 1 4.27 0.79 3 0.684 32.42
28 Portugal 20.9 5.25 1.9 1.63 0.09 5 0.508 32.79
29 Saudi Arabia 20.7 10.15 0.7 2.72 0.11 3 0.569 32.99
30 Latvia 23.1 6.25 1.4 4.17 0.17 4 0.688 33.05
31 Brazil 21.4 4.73 1.8 3.49 0.7 3 0.579 33.57
32 Kenya 17 21.43 1.2 3.39 0.15 5 0.574 34.16
33 South Africa 13.4 9.9 1 2.51 0.64 2 0.502 34.39
34 Tunisia 21.5 9.85 1.2 2.78 0.1 3 0.591 35.54
35 Slovakia 22 5.32 0.6 2.76 0.13 3 0.362 35.57
36 Morocco 21.7 10.61 1.5 3.01 0.11 4 0.541 36.47
37 Philippines 23.8 23.07 0.6 2.94 0.1 4 0.594 36.79
38 United Arab Emirates 20.7 9.14 1.9 2.99 0.09 4 0.566 36.88
39 South Korea 14.3 7.14 2.8 3.1 3.57 3 0.782 37.16
40 Bulgaria 21.5 7.96 0.4 2.74 10.57 4 0.593 37.86
41 Egypt 20.2 18.8 1.3 4.01 7.43 4 0.772 38.03
42 Azerbaijan 26.7 6.53 0.9 7.13 0.03 4 0.559 38.2
43 Ecuador 16.8 14.13 0.7 3.73 0.4 2 0.466 38.29
44 Romania 24.6 6.42 1.2 3.21 0.61 2 0.585 39.02
45 Greece 21.6 5.78 2.3 1.77 0.73 4 0.475 39.06
46 India 21.8 25.25 0.7 4.4 2.59 3.5 0.683 39.3
47 Sri Lanka 18.8 13.71 1.1 3.61 0.01 3 0.419 39.59
48 China 11.8 25.61 1.4 1.73 27.15 7 0.624 40.8
49 Peru 16.6 13.81 0.9 6.29 0.22 3 0.374 41.25
50 Nigeria 15.6 28.54 0.7 4.54 0.89 2 0.569 42.54
51 Ukraine 28.7 10.85 0.3 7.6 1.17 3 0.501 42.58
52 Iran 12.7 28.07 0.8 4.51 1.71 2 0.494 43.29
53 Belarus 31.1 9.33 0.7 9.73 0.04 3 0.592 45.09
54 Pakistan 14.8 25.08 1.4 6.07 0.4 2.5 0.447 47.1
55 Bangladesh 19.7 35.91 1.3 3.71 0.38 3.5 0.524 47.21
56 Uzbekistan 21.3 10.35 0.5 14.23 0.01 3 0.277 50.5
57 Tanzania 14.7 28.03 0.7 7.51 0.04 1.5 0.317 51
58 Vietnam 21.5 9.62 1.2 8.96 1.73 2 0.245 52.44
59 Indonesia 24.7 25.02 1.8 8.8 1.51 4 0.424 54.89
60 Algeria 32.41 22.88 0.9 5.14 0.01 1 0.432 55.75

 

India ranked in the Top 15 worst cybersecure countries indicating that there is a need for significant improvements. Despite some countries ranking well and having clear strengths, there is much room for more improvement. Our world is far long from being absolutely or near-perfectly secure in the cyberspace, be it legislation or protection plans.

One thing that must be taken into consideration is the dynamic nature of the digital space. With every new protection technique, there’s a new hacking technique devised to get through. In order to beat cyber criminals, countries need to be a step ahead of them at all times.

 

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