You shouldn’t be particularly worried about cybercrime if you live in Japan, but very careful if staying in Russia or Latin America. Latest data from industry observer Comparitech rank Japan, France and Canada as the most prepared countries in facing IT attacks and protecting digital data from citizens and businesses.

The cybersecurity world map was built by measuring some key parameters as the percentage of malware-corrupted PCs and smartphones, the occurrence of attacks against financial and critical systems, the frequency of crypto miners’ intrusions. About 60 countries were scrutinised, and results show that there isn’t a single market providing 100% protection.

According to this Global Cybersecurity Index, Japanese are very well at defending personal devices, while France and Canada have better rates in corporate systems policies. The United States and the UK rank 5th and 8th respectively, and Italy is stuck in the middle of the table. Russia and some Latin American countries, such as Colombia or Argentina, show limited preparedness capabilities.

Industry analysts estimate that corporate costs and missed income due to cybercrime will reach about 5,200 billion dollars in the next five years. Although security spending is increasing, most of the budget is still absorbed by IT services and infrastructures, leaving dangerous gaps in cloud applications, identity management, and consumer systems.

Cyber threats span from massive Denial of Service attacks to small, insidious sabotage of single services or applications. Despite long calls for self-protection, incautious individual behaviours are today one of the easiest and most frequent entry points for cybercriminals – with a high potential impact both on personal and business data and systems.

The blockchain is often mentioned among possible solutions to improve security through its univocal system for authenticating, validating and storing transactions, and related information. While learning how to implement this technology into existing enterprise data models successfully, security is a primary concern for most IT managers.

More and more organisations are integrating ITSM with ISMS (Information Security Management System), Incident Management and SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) tools. The objective is the so-called ‘cyber-physical security’, a virtuous model ensuring overall protection of corporate systems and data, minimising cybercrime and enhancing business resilience.