Kaspersky lab’s online survey results on cyberthreats faced by Internet users worldwide released

Kaspersky Lab has updated its Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index. This year the Index has undergone a slight change: the main indicators have been revised to more accurately reflect the digital life of users in different countries. Currently, Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index includes three main indicators: Unconcerned – Unprotected – Affected.

The UAE Index for the second half of the year (Unconcerned–Unprotected–Affected) was 79-52-44. That is, 79% of UAE users did not believe that they could become cybercriminal targets, 52% of respondents from the country did not use protection solutions on all their connected devices, and 44% of those surveyed have been affected by cyberthreats in the last few months. The previous Index accounted for 21-42-47, which means more people have now opted to use security measures as compared to six months back.

In the UAE, the number of users who encountered malware remains the same at 31%. The costs for eliminating the consequences of infection declined from $112 to $65. The average amount of money stolen by online scammers decreased from $599 to $348. However, the percentage of those that have fallen victim to other types of threats increased. For example, the number of users affected by ransomware, phishing, data theft and data leaks grew.

“The Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index for the second half of 2016 shows positive dynamics which, we hope, will continue. At Kaspersky Lab, we are doing everything we can to tell as many people as possible about cyberthreats and the ways to combat them. Our goal is to make the cyberworld safe for everybody. We are working towards a world in which people do not lose their data, their digital identity and their money because of cybercriminals’ machinations. The Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index is just one of our steps towards this goal”, comments Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.