Nigeria has been profiled behind Senegal with an index score of 74.68 and the lowest number of compromised computers per 100,000 internet users in all African countries reviewed.
In the profiling done by Indusface, Senegal is named the most cyber-secure African country for businesses to allow their employees to work from, with a cyber security index score of 78.09 out of 100 out of the eight countries profiled on the continent.
Meanwhile, Egypt scores 72.85 to come third position, followed by Morocco, Algeria, South Africa, Kenya and Tunisia, who scored 66.01, 65.33, 62.23, 57.38 and 50.92 respectively.
Also, contributing to Nigeria’s top ranking is that it has the lowest number of compromised computers per 100,000 internet users (62) among all African countries reviewed. Nigeria also has the fourth lowest DDOS attacks among all African countries reviewed, with an average of 21 attacks per 100,000 internet users.
The report crowned Senegal as the most secure African country for businesses to allow employees to remotely work from, with a cyber security score of 78.09 out of 100. Senegal has the lowest number of DDOS attacks in Africa (9) during 2015 to 2021 as well as the fewest phishing sites per 100,000 urls (80) compared to all other African countries reviewed, making businesses less worried about sensitive information being stolen.
Commenting on the report, Founder and President of Indusface, Venky Sundar said: “Attracting top talent through remote work can revolutionise your business. However, it also leaves your sensitive data and assets vulnerable to hackers. Therefore, it is important to be prepared to address remote work security risks.”
He further outlined key focal areas when recruiting talents globally. They are:
- “Firstly, you could consider which countries are least targeted by hackers and least risk to your cyber security.
- “Secondly, look at regulations that govern data security. For example, GDPR is probably the gold standard when it comes to data security.
- “Thirdly, research law enforcement. This indicates how quickly people will be punished when committing cybercrime.
- “Fourthly, get to know the government grants. Cybersecurity grants are provided to SMBs who tend to be more susceptible to attacks.
- “Fifthly, the level of cybersecurity awareness in the generation also affects how likely hackers would commit cyber crimes.”