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Cybersecurity report: All countries lag behind the bad guys

Grant Gross | Jan. 31, 2012
The U.S. and U.K. are relatively well prepared for cyberattacks, compared to many other developed nations, but everyone has more work to do, according to a new cybersecurity study from McAfee and Security & Defence Agenda (SDA).

In the country rankings, cybersecurity experts interviewed for the report praised U.S. efforts, including the creation of a U.S. White House cybersecurity czar last year. In recent years, the U.S. government has focused more on cybersecurity, they said.

Countries ranking in the middle of the pack included Japan, China, Russia and Canada, while Brazil, India and Romania received two and half stars and Mexico just two stars.

"In India, we went straight from no telephones to the latest in mobile technology, and the same with Internet-connected computers," said Cherian Samuel of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi. Samuel was quoted in the report.

The ratings are based on the Cyber Security Maturity Model developed by Robert Lentz, president of Cyber Security Strategies and former deputy assistant secretary for cyber in the U.S. Department of Defense. Lentz's model pushes for resilient, predictive defense capabilities as opposed to reactive and manual or tools-based defenses.

The report makes a number of recommendations. Among them: Companies and governments should work together to set up trusted information-sharing groups and pump up public education campaigns focused on cybersecurty. The report also calls on companies to focus on smartphone and cloud computing security.


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