In cyber security, Slovakia is almost like Tanzania

Slovakia placed among the world's countries least prepared for a cyber attack.

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If a cyber attack occurred in Slovakia, the country would probably not be able to react properly.

The results stem from the ranking of the most and least-prepared countries for cyber crime, conducted by NordVPN aggregated threat-report data from Securelist, including the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) scores for cyber attack readiness, published by PC Mag.

The countries that scored highest were those with more developed infrastructure and technical capabilities, PC Mag wrote. In the top 10, Singapore scored the highest at 0.925, followed by the US at 0.919 and Malaysia at 0.893. France and Canada round out the top five at 0.819 and 0.818, respectively.

Russia, Colombia, Japan, the UK, and Sweden also scored well. At the other end of the spectrum, some of the worst-prepared countries include Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Slovakia, and Peru.

The ranking was based on a composite of five key factors:

  • Legal: Legal institutions and frameworks for dealing with cyber security and cyber crime.
  • Technical: Technical institutions and frameworks dealing with cyber security.
  • Organizational: Policy coordination institutions and strategies for cyber security development at the national level.
  • Capacity Building: Research and development, education, and training programs; certified professionals, and public sector agencies dedicated to cyber security.
  • Cooperation: Partnerships, cooperative frameworks, and information sharing networks.

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