Cyberattacks are becoming more rampant as new technologies emerge on the scene. The costly threat they pose to enterprises, organizations and individuals across the globe is expected to reach $2 trillion by 2019. In an effort to combat the increasing risks, ABI Research and ITU compiled a Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) to determine global preparedness levels.

 

Here’s a quick list of the top countries prepared or committed to combatting cyberattacks, along with their underprepared counterparts.

 

Most prepared

 

The United States

Despite having the highest rate of cyber espionage and web application attack traffic, the U.S. still tops the list as most prepared against a cyberattack, with the sole ranking score of 1.. Even so, attacks result in an average loss of $17.36M.

Canada

With an index rate of 2, Canada, like the U.S., has strict legislations against cybercrime, as well as solid standards for dealing with it.

Australia

Australia ranks 3rd highest in cyberattack preparedness, but is still one of the top 10 most vulnerable countries for hacking due to high numbers of insecure internet channels and networks.

 

Least prepared

 

China

Though it ranks at 14 on the index scale, China has a 49% malware infection rate. With its many unsecured networks, it’s one of the top 10 countries most vulnerable to a cyberattack.

 

Afghanistan

Ranking in 20th place for least prepared country, Afghanistan also ranks as one of the top 10 most vulnerable countries, due to a combination of unsecured server ports, outdated email encryption, and insecure channels and networks.

 

Somalia                   

The African state shares the least-prepared position with 14 other countries, including Iraq, Guinea and Ethiopia.

 

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