We live in the insecure world. Some countries are less secure than others. When it comes to IT Security – it’s the same. The difference for IT security – it is really up to us to change it!
Meanwhile, latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v7 gives pretty interesting picture:
Some short summary:
- 5 of MEA countries are in Top25 most infected world wide (Turkey #2!!, Saudi Arabia #6, Egypt #12, Jordan #20, Bahrein #23)
- SIR v7 offers is detailed reports for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa
- Knowledge is power – SIR v7 includes the most effective tactics for fighting with cyber hazards. Relevant data, common sense and your professionalism – all you need to be successful!
P.S. Below is some more interesting pictures and data via @rhalbheer
Now, to close this very, very short summary of the report, it is definitely worth looking at two additional graphs. One is the malware distribution per Operating System:
This supports a statement I make so often: If I would have one wish to our customers, it would be: “Always stay on the latest version of all the software you have” – not from a business perspective but from a security view. And the second wish would be, cover all your software, when you do patch management. Remember my post called Patch Management – Cover the whole 9 yards? I told you that you should take care of the whole software stack – not “just” Microsoft. And the reason for that is the following diagram:
As you can easily see, our share in the overall vulnerability landscape is very, very small. So, we need a joint effort across the whole industry to write secure software from the bottom up with processes like the Security Development Lifecycle! And guess what – your problem will not become easier to solve when you move to the cloud.
Now, if you want to read the report, here are the important links: