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U.S. Ranked 11th in Cyber Security

Nations Ranked on Their Vulnerability to Cyberattacks

University of Maryland (03/09/16) Matthew Wright

Researchers at the University of Maryland (U-M) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have co-authored a book ranking the vulnerability of 44 nations to cyberattacks. The U.S. was ranked 11th safest, while Scandinavian countries such as Denmark, Norway, and Finland were ranked the safest.

China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea ranked among the most vulnerable. "Our goal was to characterize how vulnerable different countries were, identify their current cybersecurity policies, and determine how those policies might need to change in response to this new information," says U-M professor V.S. Subrahamian, who led the research.

The book, "The Global Cyber-Vulnerability Report," was based on a two-year study that analyzed more than 20 billion automatically generated reports, collected from 4 million machines each year worldwide. The rankings were partly based on the number of machines attacked in a given country and the number of times each machine was attacked.

Trojans, followed by viruses and worms, posed the principal threats to machines in the U.S., but misleading software is much more prevalent in the U.S. compared with other nations that have similar gross domestic product, suggesting U.S. efforts to reduce cyberthreats should focus on education to recognize and avoid misleading software.

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