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Cybersecurity confidence rise among UAE users

Kaspersky Lab has updated its Cybersecurity Index, a set of indicators that allow the evaluation of the level of risk for Internet users worldwide.

The Index for the second half of 2016 demonstrated a positive trend: the number of people who are concerned about their security, and are ready to protect themselves against cyber threats, is constantly growing.cybersecurity

The Index is based on an online survey of Internet users around the world, conducted by Kaspersky Lab twice a year. In the second half of 2016, 17,377 respondents from 28 countries, including UAE were surveyed.

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 – the share of users who do not believe they can become targets for cybercrime
  • Unprotected – the number of users who have not installed a security solution on their computers, tablets and smartphones
  • Affected – the percentage of users who have fallen victim to cybercrime. In H2 2016, the list of incidents included in this indicator was expanded

Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index users can now view the statistics on the specific financial losses that have occurred as a result of cybercriminal activity, as well as compare the data for different groups of users (for example, the use of smartphones between senior citizens in the US and  young people in Sweden).

The UAE Index for the second half of the year (Unconcerned–Unprotected–Affected) was 79-52-44. That is, 79 percent of UAE users did not believe that they could become cybercriminal targets, 52 percent of respondents from the country did not use protection solutions on all their connected devices, and 44 percent of those surveyed have been affected by cyber threats in the last few months.

In the UAE, the number of users that encountered malware remains the same at 31 percent 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, said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business, Kaspersky Lab.

“At Kaspersky Lab we are doing everything we can to tell as many people as possible about cyber threats 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.”

To find out about the Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index and the behaviour of users online for different countries, ages and genders, please visit

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