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CybersecurityRanking countries’ cyberattack preparedness

Published 6 February 2012

A new McAfee cybersecurity survey concluded that Israel, Finland, and Sweden are leading other countries in “cyber-readiness”; the report says that China, Brazil, and Mexico are among the least cyber-prepared to defend these countries’ networks against cyber attacks

A new McAfee cybersecurity survey concluded that Israel, Finland, and Sweden are leading other countries in “cyber-readiness.” The report says that China, Brazil, and Mexico are among the least cyber-prepared to defend these countries’ networks against cyber attacks.

The ranking was on a continuum from one star (unprepared for cyberattacks) to five stars. No county received either five stars or one star. Israel, Finland, and Sweden received four-and-a-half stars each.

The BBC reports that the United Kingdom, with a grading of four out of five stars, ranks favorably in the survey, along with the United States, Germany, Spain, and France.

The survey was conducted by the Security and Defense Agenda organization.

The report recommends that countries engage in more information sharing on national security issues, but experts in the field doubt this particular recommendation will be adopted. Dr. Joss Wright from the Oxford Internet Institute, while welcoming the report’s findings, told the BBC he had serious doubts over the feasibility of its suggestions. “They’re recommendations that people have been saying for maybe 10 years,” he told the BBC. I would love to see good information sharing - but when you’re talking about national security, there’s a culture of not sharing. They’re not suddenly going to change 70, 100, 1000 years of military thinking.”