New Cybersecurity Exposure Index (CEI) – Ukraine among the most exposed to cyber threats
As the world faces the new post-COVID 19 reality, the countries’ becoming more and more aware of ensuring the security of their digital infrastructures.
Cybercrime can take many forms:
– from endpoint cyberattacks aimed at gaining unauthorized access, stealing data and extorting money by blocking access to files or computer systems
– to cloud cyberattacks aimed at compromising virtual machines and using them as weapons
New Cybersecurity Exposure Index research (CEI) provided by PasswordManagers.co password security resource unveils which countries are the most and least vulnerable to cyber threats.
This report is issued every year in collaboration with Microsoft and the International Telecommunication Union. The index measures 108 countries based on five of the most significant types of endpoint and cloud cyberattacks alongside the level of cybersecurity commitment.
“Cybersecurity is imperative to secure digital infrastructures, devices, and identities and while some countries may be more exposed than others, the commitment to protect against cybercrime should dominate the priorities of every organization and individual.
Depending on where you reside, you may be more or less exposed to cybercrime but, by taking the appropriate steps, such as using a password manager to securely store your credentials, browsing the web via a VPN when using unsecured public WiFi and employing security software, you substantially increase your protection against cyberattacks,” says Josh Frisby, founder of PasswordManagers.co.
An exposure classification scale varies from very high, high, moderate, low, to very low. The CEI (Cybersecurity Exposure Index) calculates exposure level from 0 to 1, where the higher the score, the higher the exposure to cyber threats.
- Finland is the least exposed to cyber threats among 108 countries and pursued by Denmark, Luxembourg, Australia, and Estonia.
- Europe is the least vulnerable region with the lowest score of exposure per country (0,329), there is North America after (0,462.)
- There are 67,44% European countries of low and very low exposure to cyber threats globally.
- Among 108 countries Afghanistan is the most vulnerable, followed by Myanmar, Ethiopia, Palestine, and Venezuela.
- Africa has the highest exposure level per country (0,643), pursued by South America (0.577.)
- Asia-Pacific is up to 60% of high exposure countries globally.
- In total, the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 40% of countries with a high and very high level of exposure to cyber threats.
Exposure Classification Distribution of countries by level of exposure to cyber threats: figures in the table indicate the number of countries
- Finland is the least vulnerable country, followed by Denmark, Luxembourg, Estonia, and Norway.
- Europe is the least exposed to cyber threats with the score per country (0.329).
- 73% of European countries belong to the groups with low and very low exposure.
- Europe accounts for 67.44% of countries with low and very low exposure worldwide.
- Armenia is the most exposed country, with a very low cybersecurity level, there are Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Albania after.
- Given there are two countries in Europe classified as the high exposure group, this is up to only 4.88% of all European countries – the lowest of all regions.
- The United States is the least exposed to cyber threats, followed by Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
- North America keeps the second place with the lowest exposure to cyber threats per country (0.462).
- 67% of North American countries are divided into groups with moderate, low, and very low vulnerability levels.
- El Salvador is the most exposed to cyberattacks, followed by Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
- 33% of North American countries are highly vulnerable to cyber threats.
- Uruguay is the least exposed to cyber threats, there are Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
- Venezuela is the most vulnerable country, followed by Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.
- South America has the second-highest exposure to cyberattacks per country (0.577).
- 40% of South American countries belong to the groups with high and very high levels of exposure to cyber threats.
- Australia is the least vulnerable to cyber threats, followed by Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and Qatar.
- 25% of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are classified as groups with low and very low exposure to cyber threats.
- Afghanistan is the most vulnerable country, followed by Myanmar, Palestine, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
- The Asia-Pacific region accounts for 60% of countries with very high exposure to cyber threats worldwide.
- In total, the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 40% of countries with a high and very high exposure worldwide.
- 75% of countries in the Asia-Pacific region belong to the groups with a high and very high exposure to cyber threats.
- Even though the Asia-Pacific region is in the middle of the “scoreboard” (0.540), it is representing some of the most vulnerable countries in the world.
- Mauritius is the least exposed to cyber threats, followed by South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria.
- Ethiopia is the most vulnerable country, followed by Libya, Morocco, Zambia, and Tanzania.
- Africa has the highest exposure to cyber threats per country (0.643).
- 75% of African countries belong to the groups with a high and very high exposure to cyber threats.
- Along with the Asia-Pacific region, Africa has the largest number of countries with high exposure to cyber threats – it’s up to 36.67% of all countries with a high exposure worldwide.