Countries with the Best and Worst Cybersecurity Revealed

Consumer tech review site Comparitech recently released the findings from a study it conducted to rank 60 countries, from the worst to best, in cybersecurity. The study, which based its scoring on 7 criteria, found that “not one country is ‘top of the class’ across the board”. So while some countries did significantly outperform others in certain criteria, it noted that all of them “could do with some significant improvements”.

The Methodology

Comparitech used seven, equally weighted criteria to assess each country. The criteria were:

  • The percentage of mobile devices infected with malware
  • The percentage of computers infected with malware
  • The number of financial malware attacks
  • The percentage of telnet attacks
  • The percentage of attacks by crypto miners
  • The best-prepared countries for cyber attacks
  • The countries with the most up-to-date legislation

All the percentages were calculated for 2018. The countries’ readiness for cyber attacks were based on the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) scores. The legislative assessment was based on existing legislation, including drafts, in seven categories: national strategy, military, content, privacy, critical infrastructure, commerce, and crime.

If you want to know more details about the scoring you can check out Comparitech’s blog, which we will link to later in this article.

The Best & Worst

Before we reveal the overall worst and best countries, let’s look at the winners and losers of each category.

  • Bangladesh had the highest percentage of mobile malware infections, which affected 35.91% of users
  • Germany had the highest number of financial malware attacks, which affected 3% of users
  • Algeria had the highest percentage of computer malware infections, which affected 32.41% of machines
  • Telnet attacks originated mostly from China, 27.15%
  • Uzbekistan had the highest percentage of attacks by cryptominers, which affected 14.23% of users
  • Vietnam was the least prepared country for cyber attacks
  • And Algerian had the weakest cybersecurity legislation in the world, with only one of the seven categories covered.

On the other hand,

  • Japan had the lowest percentage of mobile malware infections, which affected only 1.34% of users
  • Ukraine had the lowest number of financial malware attacks, which affected 0.3% of users
  • Denmark had the lowest percentage of computer malware infections, which affected 5.9% of users
  • Algeria, Uzbekistan, and Sri Lanka generate the lowest amount of telnet attacks
  • Denmark had the lowest percentage of attacks by cryptominers, which affected 0.61% of users
  • Singapore is the country best prepared for cyber attacks
  • Finally, France, China, Russia, and Germany all had legislation that cover all 7 categories.

Overall Ranking

Overall, with all the criteria taken into account, it turned out that Algeria, Indonesia, and Vietnam had the worst cybersecurity, whereas Japan was the best, followed by France and Canada.

The United States was fifth best, the UK was 8th, Australia was 11th, Russia 23rd; China was the 13th worst country.

To see the full results please click here.