Estonia among the least vulnerable to cybercrime in Europe

Estonia is among the least vulnerable to cybercrime in the European Union, according to Website Builder Expert, a website that studied the extent to which the EU is vulnerable to cybercrime.

Estonia is ranked 27th among the 28 EU countries, only Finland doing a little better in the field. Estonia has the vulnerability ranking of 30%, Finland 29%.

The most vulnerable to cybercrime in the EU is Malta with a 41% ranking, followed by Greece, Romania and Slovakia. Latvia is 14th and Lithuania sixth most vulnerable to cybercrime in the EU.

To come up with the ranking, the research looked at a range of factors to measure how vulnerable the EU countries were. Website Builder Expert looked at how many residents of each country had experienced cybercrime, how were they encountering malware and viruses, but also each nation’s commitment to cyber security initiatives and how exposed internet connections were in each country.

Malta most vulnerable

Malta was ranked as the most vulnerable because of its exceptionally high percentage of exposed internet connections (73%), lack of cybersecurity legislation and poor international co-operation. This “means that Malta’s population, despite encountering cybercrime slightly less than their European neighbours, are actually at far more risk in the long run with few protective or preventative measures in place”, the research said.

Estonia’s rank as the second least vulnerable reflects “changes made to government security strategies, legal frameworks and organisations in response to statewide cyberattacks in 2007”.

Website Builder Expert used data from the EU, the ITU Global Cybersecurity Index, Microsoft and Rapid7 to complete the research.

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About the author: Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor of Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain and the UK, he now resides in the United States. He loves to write and besides contributing to Estonian World and some occasional blogging, he writes for other media outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.