Middle East Malware Rates Five Times Worldwide Average

At the RSA conference 2014 in San Francisco, Tim Rains, director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, spoke to Infosecurity editor Eleanor Dallaway about the security threat landscape in the Middle East.

“Regional cyber vulnerabilities are not linked to any single factor”, Rains said, “but to a variety of different socio-economic factors”.

Data from the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Volume 15 shows that there is a combination of up to 34 factors (mainly socio-economic in nature) that influence any region. “Malware infection rates are much higher in regions where there are raised levels of strife and turmoil. Political protests and unrest lead to an increased malware infection rate, for example”, Rains explained.

The data for the Gulf States –Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – shows infection rates of 10 to 12.9 computers per thousand. This, on average, equates to twice the worldwide average.

via Infosecurity – Middle East Malware Rates Five Times Worldwide Average.

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