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Sri Lanka ranks 11th worst-affected in malware attacks in Asia


Aug 29, 2017 (LBO) – Microsoft Asia recently released regional findings from their global Security Intelligence Report which found that Asian countries, especially emerging ones, are most exposed to malicious programs.

Out of the top locations across the globe most at risk of malware infection in the first quarter of 2017, most of them are developing economies from this region.

Microsoft’s bi-annual Security Intelligence Report provides in-depth data and insights into the global threat landscape, particularly in software vulnerabilities, exploits, malware and web-based attacks.

In this latest version, Volume 22, the report tracked endpoint as well as cloud threat data and profiles more than 100 individual markets.

It also shares best practices and solutions that can help organizations better protect, detect and respond to threats.

“Driven by the proliferation of endpoints and the ubiquitous computing power of the cloud, the opportunity for digital transformation to make broad and profound impacts across our society has never been greater,” said Keshav Dhakad, Assistant General Counsel & Regional Director, Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Microsoft Asia.

“However, for digitalization to reach its fullest potential, users must first trust the technology they use.”

“Microsoft is committed to helping our customers and partners build that trust and the first step is to help them understand the multitude of cyber threats out there so that they can implement more effective ways to manage and neutralize these risks.”

The report found that Bangladesh and Pakistan have the highest malware encounter rate around the world. This is followed by two ASEAN nations – namely Cambodia and Indonesia. Approximately one in four computers running Microsoft real-time security products in these countries reported a malware encounter from January to March 2017.

Other top areas under malware threats include Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam, each with an average malware encounter rate of more than 20 percent in the first quarter of 2017. This is more than double the global average of nine percent.

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