Countries including Singapore, the US, France, Canada, and Japan have among the highest Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) scores—but readiness goes only so far in the ever-evolving cyberattack-threat landscape.
Cybercrime is inevitable. No matter where you are, the odds are good that you'll eventually be the victim of some strain of malware, affected by a data breach, or have a digital device compromised through any number of hacking methods.
When dealing with cybercrime on a national or global scale, the question is whether the target of a financial hack, a ransomware attack on critical infrastructure or an attempt to disrupt election systems is prepared for what needs to happen next.
Virtual private network (VPN) provider NordVPN aggregated threat-report data from Securelist, including Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) scores for cyberattack readiness. Developed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), GCI scores countries' cybersecurity readiness on a scale of 0.0-1.0 based on a composite of five key factors:
Unsurprisingly, the countries that scored highest were those with more developed infrastructure and technical capabilities. In the top 10, Singapore scored highest at 0.925, followed by the US at 0.919, and Malaysia at 0.893. France and Canada round out the top five at 0.819 and 0.818, respectively.
Russia, Colombia, Japan, the UK, and Sweden also scored well. At the other end of the spectrum, some of the worst-prepared countries include Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Slovakia, and Peru.
Preparedness goes only so far. Cybercrime and large-scale (often nation-state-sponsored) cyberattacks are growing in frequency and severity, and even with more sophisticated infrastructure in place, the businesses, governments, and organizations at highest risk are almost always playing catch-up and running damage control.
The best thing users can do? Protect your own security, don't sleep on the basics when it comes to protecting yourself online, and encrypt everything.
Content retrieved from: www.pcmag.com/.