Sri Lanka ranked no. 11 in list of Asian countries worst-affected by malware attacks
In the latest version (Volume 22) of Microsoft Asia’s recently released bi-annual Security Intelligence Report which provides in-depth data and insights into the global threat landscape, particularly in software vulnerabilities, exploits, malware and web-based attacks; it was found that Asian countries, especially emerging ones, were most exposed and vulnerable to malicious programmes.
This latest report tracked endpoint as well as cloud threat data and profiled more than 100 individual markets, and also shares best practices and solutions that can help organisations better protect, detect and respond to threats.
During the first quarter of 2017, many of the developing economies in the Asianregion were found to be the most at risk of malware infection regionout of the top locations across the globe.
The report found that Bangladesh and Pakistan have the highest malware encounter rate around the world, followed by the two ASEAN countries Cambodia and Indonesia. Approximately one in four computers running Microsoft real-time security products in these countries reported a malware encounter from January to March 2017.
Other countries that topped the list for being under malware threats include Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam, each with an average malware encounter rate of more than 20% in the first quarter of 2017 which is more than double the global average of 9%.
Sri Lanka was ranked in the 11th position on the list coming just below the Philippines and followed by China in the 12th position.
Microsoft Asia believes that the opportunity for digital transformation to make broad and profound impacts across society has greatly improved by the proliferation of endpoints and the ubiquitous computing power of the cloud. But added that users must first trust the technology they use in order for digitalisation to reach its fullest potential.
Microsoft also emphasised its commitment to assist its customers and partners build that trust by helping them to understand the multitude of cyber threats so that more effective ways to manage and neutralise these riskscan be implemented.
With the world of commerce becoming more reliant on technology the threat of malware attacks are also consistently on the rise.
A recent spate in cyber-crime has alerted many countries of the urgent need to enhance security measures for technology.
Sri Lanka’s policy aims of positioning itself as a global hub will make it imperative for the country to ensure that it has optimum cyber security in place. This need will create opportunities for enterprising and innovative technology corporations to enter and revolutionise Sri Lanka’s cyber security sector.
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