Cybersecurity Exposure Index: The Most Exposed Countries

New Cybersecurity Exposure Index (CEI) by password security resource, PasswordManagers.co,​ reveals which countries are the most and least exposed to cybercrime

  • From end-point and cloud cyberattacks to the level of commitment to cybersecurity, the research ranks 108 countries from 0-1 (low-high exposure) across Europe, America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa.
  • Afghanistan is the most exposed country, followed by Myanmar, Ethiopia, Palestine, and Venezuela.
  • Africa has the highest exposure score per country.
  • Finland is the least exposed country, followed by Denmark, Luxembourg, Australia, and Estonia.
  • Europe has the lowest exposure score per country.

As each country begins to adapt to a new, unprecedented, post-COVID 19 world, cybersecurity becomes increasingly imperative to secure digital infrastructures. From endpoint attacks that are designed to gain unauthorized access, steal data, and extort money by blocking access to files or computer systems, to cloud attacks that are designed to compromise and weaponize virtual machines, cybercrime can take many forms. But, which countries are most exposed?

With exposure defined as the fact of experiencing or being affected by something, PasswordManagers.co c​ompiled data​ of five of the most significant types of end-point and cloud cyberattacks alongside the level of cybersecurity commitment across 108 countries to accurately assess each countries exposure to cybercrime.

To better understand the landscape of exposure and distribution across the world and each continent we also employed an exposure classification scale (very high, high, moderate, low, very low).

The Most Exposed Countries

Country

Rank

Exposure Score

Afghanistan

85

1.000

Myanmar

84

0.910

Ethiopia

83

0.866

Palestine

82

0.855

Venezuela

81

0.807

Libya

80

0.793

Bolivia

79

0.783

Nepal

78

0.762

Bangladesh

77

0.759

Pakistan

76

0.755

The Least Exposed Countries

Country

Rank

Exposure Score

Finland

1

0.110

Denmark

2

0.117

Luxembourg

3

0.124

Australia

4

0.131

Estonia

5

0.134

Norway

5

0.134

Japan

6

0.138

United States

7

0.145

Austria

8

0.162

Switzerland

9

0.172

New Zealand

10

0.179

Continent Rankings

Continent

Rank

Average Country Exposure Score

Exposure Classification

Europe

1

0.329

Low

North America

2

0.462

Moderate

Asia-Pacific

3

0.540

Moderate

South America

4

0.577

Moderate

Africa

5

0.643

High

  • Europe has the lowest exposure score per country (0.329).
  • 70.73% of European countries are classified in the low and very low exposure groups.
  • Europe accounts for 67.44% of low and very low exposure countries globally.
  • 66.67% of North American countries are classified in the moderate, low, and very low exposure groups.
  • Asia-Pacific accounts for 60% of very high exposure countries globally.
  • Combined, Asia-Pacific accounts for 40% of high and very high exposure countries globally.
  • 43.75% of Asia-Pacific countries are classified in the high and very high exposure groups.
  • 40% of South American countries are classified in the high and very high exposure groups.
  • South America has the highest proportion of countries classified in the moderate exposure group (50%).
  • Africa has the highest exposure score per country (0.643).
  • 75% of African countries are classified in the high and very high exposure groups.

 

Josh Frisby, Founder of PasswordManagers.co said:

“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.”

For more information and statistics, as well as the methodology, data used, and sources, review the full study on ​PasswordManagers.co.​


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June 16, 2020
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