McAfee and the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA), the leading independent Brussels-based think-tank specialist in security and defense issues, released the findings from their report, “Cyber-security: The Vexed Question of Global Rules,” the first and most extensive of its kind.
The report, written by the SDA and sponsored by McAfee, examines the current state of cyber-preparedness around the world, and is based on survey results from 80 policy-makers and cybersecurity experts in the government, business and academic sectors from 27 countries (including Canada). The countries were ranked on their state of cyber-preparedness and Canada received 3.5 stars out of five, putting it in the company of Australia, Austria and Japan.
Some key findings include:
- 57 per cent of global experts believe that an arms race is taking place in cyber space.
- 43 per cent identified damage or disruption to critical infrastructure as the greatest single threat posed by cyber-attacks with wide economic consequences (up from 37 per cent in McAfee’s 2010 Critical Infrastructure Report).
- 45 per cent of respondents believe that cybersecurity is as important as border security.
- The state of cyber-readiness of Canada, the United States, Australia, UK, China and Germany all ranked behind smaller countries such as Israel, Sweden and Finland (23 countries ranked in report).
**Please see the infographics showing the rankings of 23 countries, including Canada at http://www.sawebdev.ca/mcafee/McAfee_Cyber_Defense_2012/.
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Brussels, Washington DC – JANUARY 30, 2012 – McAfee and the Security and Defence Agenda (SDA) today revealed the findings from a report; Cyber-security: The Vexed Question of Global Rules that paints, for the first time, a global snapshot of current thinking about the cyber-threat and the measures that should be taken to defend against them, and assesses the way ahead. The SDA, the leading defense and security think-tank in Brussels, interviewed leading global security experts to ensure findings would offer usable recommendations and actions. The report was created to identify key debate areas and trends and to help governments and organizations understand how their cyber defense posture compares to those of other countries and organizations.
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