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Ireland third best for cyber-security

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:36pm

A new report has ranked Ireland as the third most cyber-secure country in the world.

Comparitech conducted a study of 76 countries examining cybersecurity factors like malware infection rates, number of financial malware attacks, cyber attack preparedness and cybersecurity legislation. They found that Ireland is in the top ten countries with the best cybersecurity in the world and has the lowest number of financial malware attacks globally.

While Ireland is a tech hub, this is still a very positive finding and the US has actually dropped from the fifth most cyber-secure country to the 17th.

Last year, Comparitech looked at 60 countries and found huge differences in a number of categories, from malware rates to cybersecurity-related legislation. In fact, not one country was ‘top of the class’ across the board.

They ranked 60 countries from the least cyber safe to the most cyber safe based on seven criteria:

- The percentage of mobile devices infected with malware

- The percentage of computers infected with malware

- The number of financial malware attacks

- The percentage of all telnet attacks by originating country

- The percentage of users attacked by cryptominers

- The best-prepared countries for cyber attacks

- The countries with the most up-to-date cybersecurity legislation

Most countries’ scores improved since last year, but due to greater cybersecurity efforts from most countries, some of the best-performers from last year have dropped down the rankings.

16 new countries were added to the study.

Denmark were found to be the most cyber-secure country in the world, taking over from Japan, which dropped four places to the fifth most cyber-secure country. Last year’s fourth most cyber-secure country, Denmark, scored incredibly low across the majority of categories.

Other top-performing countries included Sweden, Germany, Japan, as well as Ireland in third. France, Canada, and the United States were all pushed out of the top five most cyber-secure countries and into ninth, sixth, and 17th place.

Ireland’s score came from improvements in all categories, bar telnet attacks, and a significant improvement in preparation for cyberattacks (up to 0.784 from 0.675).

The United States’ score declined significantly due to high computer malware infection rates (9 per cent) and a high number of telnet attacks coming from the country (4.71 per cent).

Ireland along with Denmark and Sweden scored best in the world in the lowest number of financial malware attacks category with 0.1 per cent of users.

Algeria is still the least cyber-secure country in the world, according to the study.

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