From 0 to 1, the Cyber Risk Index (CRI) predicts the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime depending on the country of residence. The higher the index, the higher the risk.
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The 5 levels of cyber risk
18 out of 50 countries analyzed are in high or very high cyber risk.
Factors like high-income economy, advanced technological infrastructure, urbanization, and digitalization lead to a higher level of cybercrime. That’s why Northern Europe, which has the highest average monthly wage and more than 90% of internet penetration, is the most dangerous place in the world to be online. North America isn’t far behind.
Surprisingly, the UK ranks 1st and the US 2nd on the Global Cybersecurity Index, which is calculated based on legal, technical, organizational, and capacity building factors on a country level. But these factors have a limited impact on cyber risk when we get down to the individual level. Exposure to threats and income matter more.
Western Europe falls into the moderate cyber risk category. This puts the region into contrast with Northern Europe and North America, which suffer from high cyber risk. Western Europeans are less exposed to online threats because they spend only 5 hours per day online compared to the global average of 6.5 hours.
The only country to land in the very low cyber risk category. An average Indian has very little exposure to the internet and its threats. Moreover, with a monthly wage that is 13 times lower than the average, Indians aren’t enticing targets for cybercriminals. But if we narrowed our scope to Indians who are hyperactive online, the story would be different. More in the report!