By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
For the second time in two years, the Philippines ranked number one in Southeast Asia, in terms of the most web threats – registering four million internet-borne threats. Worldwide, the country jumped from 13th position in 2018 to number seven last year, up six notches, according to the latest report of the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).
The global security firm’s data covered users based in the Philippines who surfed the web from October to December, 2019.
The KSN is a complex distributed infrastructure dedicated to intelligently process cybersecurity-related data streams from millions of its voluntary users around the world.
Specifically, its fourth quarter 2019 report showed a total of 3,906,410 web threats found in computers of Kaspersky users in the Philippines which is 31.6 per cent, overall.
“Being one of the world’s top Internet users, there’s no stopping the Filipinos from using the web as a part of their modern way of life,” noted Mary Grace Sotayco, Territory Manager for the Philippines at Kaspersky.
But “We’re hoping that as they completely embrace this technology, so too will their practice of cyber hygiene as long as they go online.”
However, the report also showed fewer local threat incidents among Kaspersky users in the country. These are malware attacks on computers from removable media such as USBs, CDs, DVDs and other “offline” methods.
The Philippines is currently at 64th place globally with only 8,998,044 detections in the fourth quarter of 2019, a significant drop from its 74th place with 11,757,863 detections in Q4 of 2018.
Threat sources also went down to 76,900 incidents in the last quarter of 2019, from 453,788 incidents in the same period in 2018. Threat sources are locations of detected malware shared from servers hosted in the Philippines.
The last quarter of the year is when Filipinos begin going on online shopping sprees and becoming too active on social media reaching its peak in the holiday season in December.
“The significant drop in local threat infections tells us that there’s good news here,” Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky, pointed out.