KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 4): Malaysia has been ranked among the top 10 Asian countries that are the least secure to work remotely.
In a study commissioned and released by UK-based Reboot Digital PR Services on the safety of digital nomads, Malaysia ranked slightly more secure than Cyprus and Indonesia in third position, with 1,557 compromised computers and 900 malware hosting sites, which aid its overall cyber danger score of 79.9 out of 100.
Indonesia and Cyprus share the crown for the least cyber-secure country in the world, with a cyber danger score of 82.8 out of 100 — topping the rankings in Asia and globally.
Reboot Digital said Indonesia has already established itself as a favourite hotspot for remote workers, enticing travellers with its thriving capital of Jakarta, and popular tourist destinations in Bali.
Cyprus, which host over 3,000 phishing and malware sites combined, has only recently started to welcome remote workers to its shores.
Nepal, in sixth (73.3), has the highest drive-by downloads average of all countries analysed, at 126 every month.
The Philippines (62.7) and Thailand (61.8) place ninth and tenth respectively, presenting a cyber danger score of over 60 out of 100.
At the opposite end, South Korea is the most cyber-secure location in Asia with a cyber danger score of just 19.8 out of 100.
This was followed by Japan (21.8) and Lebanon (29.3).
The research was carried out to identify the most insecure countries for a workcation
This research analysed the cyber threat landscape within each country considering the prevalence of phishing and malware along with botnet networks.
Python data mining tools were used to extract cybersecurity statistics from over 90 Microsoft Security Intelligence reports (2017) resulting in a comprehensive dataset containing the number of phishing sites, malware hosting sites, compromised computers (part of gamarue botnet), and average monthly drive-by download pages for over 90 countries.
Each statistic collected above was presented on a per 100,000 urls basis, with the exception of compromised computers presented per 100,000 internet users.
The firm said an internal dataset of over 3 million restaurants and other food outlets worldwide was used to find the number of outlets providing access to free wifi per one million inhabitants with population data acquired from the World Bank.