Sophos: Australia winning the security war

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Sophos: Australia winning the security war

Australian companies are successfully winning the war against security threats according to a threat report released today by security vendor, Sophos.

The report titled ‘Security Threat Report 2007’ ranked Australia as the 43rd ‘web-based malware hosting country’ in the world, seven places lower than its nearest neighbour, New Zealand.

According to Paul Ducklin, head of technology at Sophos, a higher position like 29th or 8th would have been worrying, but these results are good for Australia.

“It’s good that Australia’s down the list. With all the reasons it can have about [its] distance, connectivity and domain registrations.

“It’s equally reasonable to say that security is taken quite seriously in Australia, in particular in business,” Ducklin told SC today.

It was the first time Sophos included a list of ‘malware hosting countries’ in its annual security report, which typically is an analysis of various malware trends from the previous year.

The US claimed the number one position at 34 percent, followed by China at 31 percent and Russia at 9.5 percent.

Surprisingly, The Netherlands was placed in fourth position at 4.7 percent eventhough its population is comparitable to Australia's, Ducklin said.

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