Infographic: Which Country Is The Least Cyber Safe? Which Has The Least Internet Freedom?

Aug 31, 2017 3 Min Read

With data-driven and cloud-based technology, so much data is now stored online that we are constantly exposed to a number of cyber security concerns including ransomware, identity theft, malware and cyber attacks. These happen every second all over the world, costing the economy millions of dollars.

Remember WannaCry ransomware attack back in May 2017? It was reported that organisations that had not installed Microsoft’s security update were affected by the attack. Europol estimated that about 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries. The attack affected hospitals in Spain and Britain and ravaged computers at universities in China, rail systems in Germany and automotive plants in Japan.


At a glance

What some of these terms mean?

  • Malware: Short for ‘malicious software’, and is an umbrella term to a variety of hostile software, including computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware and scareware.
  • Ransomware: A malicious piece of software that will block a user’s access to their computer until they pay a certain amount of money.
  • Web application attack: Happens when web applications are hacked.
  • DDoS attack: Short for ‘distributed denial of service’. Happens when a website is attacked with overwhelming amounts of dodgy traffic from various sources in an attempt to bring it down.
  • Cyber espionage:Happens when computer networks are illegally used to gain access to information, normally held by an organisation such as the government.

The following data visualisation will delve into a number of metrics that demonstrate the variety of threats we face online, looking at which countries receive the highest amount of DDoS attacks, cyber espionage, and web application attacks.

It’ll also journey across the world to find out which countries give their users the most freedom on the internet, and which are least prepared for cyber attacks. We’ll also take a look at just how much cyber crime is costing various countries.

Let’s get started!

Internet freedom


Guess how Malaysia is doing?

According to the UN’s Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, Malaysia ranked third in terms of protecting itself against cyber attacks, ahead of more advanced nations.

However, whatever the ranking is, cyber attacks will continue as the Internet is matured and hackers are getting more sophisticated.


What does this mean?

While organisations recognise the importance of cyber security, most have only basic security features such as firewalls and antivirus protection. Many do not have proper security intelligence in place to monitor and raise alerts for anomalies.

Leaders, are you ready for any eventualities to protect and guard your organisation’s data and information?

This might interest you: Digital Engagement: It’s More Critical Now Than Ever!

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