Countries With The Highest Cyber Threat Risk And Ones With The Lowest: Report

Samara Lynn
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Countries With The Highest Cyber Threat Risk And Ones With The Lowest: Report

You would be hard-pressed to find any country now that is 100% immune from cyber attacks. Cyber threats – breaches, ransomware, business email compromises, and every other digital scam you can think of-- are steadily rising as adversaries up their digital warfare on businesses, politicians, nations, and individuals.  

A new report from MixMode.AI analyzed cyber threats across 70 countries. The report compiled data from the National Cyber Security Index (NCSI), the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), the Cybersecurity Exposure Index (CEI), as well as Comparitech – all of which MixMode used to create its scoring system. 

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Scoring was broken down into several factors: a country's cyber security resilience, its exposure index, and its overall national risk.  

Top 5 Countries With Lowest Cybersecurity Risk 

According to MixMode's findings, here are the top five countries with the lowest cybersecurity risk. The higher the score, the better and MixMode considers countries with scores above 92 as "demonstrating robust cybersecurity infrastructure."  

1. Finland

With a cyber resilience index of 93.94 and a final overall cyber safety score of 92.81, Finland came in as the number one country best protected against cybersecurity attacks. MixMode attributes the country's high score to its "robust cybersecurity infrastructure" and its propensity to take "proactive measures" to boost cyber resilience.   

2. Norway 

Norway ranked second lowest at risk with a cyber resilience index of 94.39 and a final cyber safety score of 92.63. According to MixMode, Norway "exemplifies effective cybersecurity preparedness."  

3. Denmark 

Denmark, which MIxMode says has "a strong commitment to cybersecurity," ranked third with a reliance index score of 96.44 and a safety score of 92.45.  

4. Australia 

Australia is fourth ranked for lowest cybersecurity risk, according to MixMode. Its resilience index score is rated at 85.61 and its cybersecurity safety score is 89.99. MixMode praised the country for having a cybersecurity infrastructure that "stands resilient against evolving threats."  

5. United Kingdom 

The UK came in fifth, with a cyber resilience score of 90.40 and a cybersecurity safety score of 89.75 and was cited for maintaining "a commendable cybersecurity posture."  

 

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Top 5 Countries With Highest Cybersecurity Risk 

1. Bolivia

According to MixMode, Bolivia "struggles with its cybersecurity infrastructure," leading to "vulnerabilities across key metrics." The country ranked a cyber resilience score of 77.33 and a cybersecurity safety index of only 38.39.  

2. Honduras

Honduras, with a cyber resilience score of 81.83 and a cyber safety score of 41.24, "faces significant cybersecurity challenges," the report concluded.   

3. Venezuela

Venezuela scored 80.10 in cyber resilience and a troubling 42.15 in its cyber safety score. MixMode's report determined the country "faces significant cybersecurity challenges."

4. Algeria  

Algeria ranked fourth for highest cybersecurity risk with a cyber resilience score of 67.72 and a 43.19 ranking for cyber safety.  

5. Ecuador 

Ecuador came in fifth – with MixMode deeming its cybersecurity infrastructure as "inadequate." The country scored a cyber resilience index of 73.89 and cyber safety score of 45. 

In a statement to MES Computing about the findings, a spokesperson from MixMode said: "Over the last decade, several more European countries such as Finland, Norway, and Denmark have spent a large amount of money on the cybersecurity infrastructure. These nations concentrate on cyber resilience and proactive rather than reactive measures, which is evident from their high grades in several of the indices. This is largely due to national cybersecurity strategies, strong public-private partnerships, and the constant focus on cybersecurity education and innovation."

Here are the rankings of the top ten lowest risk and highest risk countries as assessed by MixMode: 

Lowest risk: 

Rank

Country

National Cyber Security Index

Cybersecurity Exposure Index

Global Cybersecurity Index

Cyber Resilience Index

Final Cyber Safety Score

1

Finland

85.71

89

95.78

93.64

92.81

2

Norway

67.53

86.6

96.89

94.39

92.63

3

Denmark

84.42

88.3

92.6

96.44

92.45

4

Australia

66.23

86.9

97.47

85.61

89.99

5

United Kingdom

89.61

79.3

99.54

90.40

89.75

6

Sweden

84.42

79

94.55

95.10

89.55

7

Austria

85.71

83.8

93.89

90.95

89.55

8

Japan

63.64

86.2

97.82

82.29

88.77

9

United States

64.94

85.5

100

80.31

88.60

10

Canada

70.13

79.3

97.67

88.01

88.33

 

 

Highest risk: 

 

Rank

Country

National Cyber Security Index

Cybersecurity Exposure Index

Global Cybersecurity Index

Cyber Resilience Index

Final Cyber Safety Score

1

Bolivia

31.17

21.7

16.14

77.33

38.39

2

Honduras

22.08

39.7

2.2

81.83

41.24

3

Venezuela

28.57

19.3

27.06

80.10

42.15

4

Algeria

33.77

27.9

33.95

67.72

43.19

5

Ecuador

53.25

34.8

26.3

73.89

45.00

6

Kyrgyzstan

37.66

30.7

49.64

75.62

51.99

7

Sri Lanka

44.16

25.5

58.65

75.48

53.21

8

Panama

50.65

43.1

34.11

82.58

53.26

9

Armenia

35.06

34.5

50.47

82.95

55.97

10

Pakistan

41.56

24.5

64.88

79.81

56.40

 

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the statement from MixMode. 

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