Kenya among 30 African states with high Internet Security Threat profile

Kenya is among 30 African countries with high internet security threat profiles according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 18 (ISTR), released today. In the report, Kenya is listed among the Top 10 most vulnerable states (coming in at #8), with others making it to the Top 10 slot being Egypt; South Africa; Morocco; Tunisia; Algeria; Mauritius; Nigeria Sudan and Ghana.

Below is the list of the Top 30 African states in terms of internet security threat profile:

Top 30 African States in terms of internet security threat profile

The link to the list is available here.

The report, available via this link, states that there has been a 42 percent surge during 2012 in targeted attacks compared to the previous year, adding that there has also been an increase in Cyberespionage as well three times increase in the volume of attacks targeted at small businesses.

Designed to steal intellectual property, these targeted cyberespionage attacks are increasingly hitting the manufacturing sector as well as small businesses, which are the target of 31 percent of these attacks. In addition, consumers remain vulnerable to ransomware and mobile threats, particularly on the Android platform.

“This year’s ISTR shows that cybercriminals aren’t slowing down, and they continue to devise new ways to steal information from organizations of all sizes. The sophistication of attacks coupled with today’s IT complexities, such as virtualization, mobility and cloud, require organizations to remain proactive and use ‘defense in depth’ security measures to stay ahead of attacks.” said Sheldon Hand, Symantec’s territory manager for Indian Ocean Islands, West and Central Africa.

ISTR 18 Key Highlights include:

Small Businesses Are the Path of Least Resistance

Targeted attacks on businesses with fewer than 250 employees are growing. Small businesses are now the target of 31 percent of all attacks, a threefold increase from 2011. While small businesses may feel they are immune to targeted attacks, cybercriminals are enticed by these organizations’ bank account information, customer data, intellectual property and the knowledge that they often lack adequate security practices and infrastructure.

Manufacturing Sector and Knowledge Workers Become Primary Targets

Shifting from governments, manufacturing has moved to the top of the list of industries targeted for attacks in 2012.  Often by going after manufacturing companies in the supply chain, attackers gain access to sensitive information of a larger company. In addition, in 2012 the most commonly targeted victims of these types of attacks were knowledge workers (27 percent) with access to intellectual property and those in sales (24 percent).

Mobile Malware Put Consumers and Businesses at Risk  

In 2012, mobile malware increased by 58 percent, and 32 percent of all mobile threats attempted to steal information, such as e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Android’s market share, its open platform and the multiple distribution methods available to distribute malicious apps, make it the go-to platform for attackers.

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