The Irish Examiner’s Irish Cybersecurity blog shows which country is the most vulnerable, according to recent data from security firm Symantec.
It’s an interesting question.
The UK has the third-highest number of infections, but is also the most heavily monitored.
The US has the second-highest rate, but the third largest number of incidents, with more than 1,000 reported in 2016.
The US has also become an attractive target for malware as the US government’s cybersecurity strategy has focused on cyber security as a key pillar of the national security strategy.
However, the threat to the UK is less clear-cut.
Symantek says that the UK has one of the highest prevalence of malicious cyber attacks in the world.
Symantsec says that UK cyber security is “extremely poor” compared to other countries.
Symantec also shows that there are more infections in the UK than in other EU nations.
It says that only a small number of countries are affected, and that the majority of infections occur in the US.
Symantsec suggests that a UK-based hacker could target UK institutions, businesses and government agencies.
The UK has more than 100,000 IT staff, which has an estimated value of $4 trillion.
It has the fifth-highest proportion of IT staff working in IT services, according a report by the Institute of Directors in 2017.
The UK is the third most heavily-policed country in the European Union.
The country’s cyber security system is in dire need of a new approach, according Symantech, with the Government and National Cyber Security Strategy stating that it needs to “reduce or eliminate the scope of threats from cyber-enabled threats” and that it is “undermining the protection of our critical infrastructure, critical business assets and our nation’s financial system”.
The UK Government’s strategy also recommends “strong and consistent enforcement actions, including by national police and the security services, and the development of a national cyber crime strategy and cyber threat intelligence service”.
In the past, the Government has stated that it would “take a more aggressive approach to cyber crime”.