Spain is the world’s third most cyberattacked country. That’s bad news, isn’t it?


At the start of 2015 it came out that Spain had been the world’s third most cyberattacked country during 2014, ranking behind only the USA and the UK with a yearly total of 70,000 cyberattacks. Shortly afterwards more news also broke regarding Spain as the seventh most cyberattacker country.

There is no doubt that cyberattacks are growing exponentially worldwide, in terms of both gross number and attacking vectors, being Spain no exception to this trend. At first sight the fact that Spain is the world’s third most cyberattacked country and seventh most cyberattacking country comes across as alarming. Surely they the USA and UK share the same views about their own figures. It may look as if Spain was a hotbed of cyberattacks, whether as culprit or victim. On second thoughts, however, this is not such a damning statistic. My reading is that Spain is not the country that receives the third biggest number of cyberattacks but rather the third most capable country at detecting them. This gives it a head start on countries that are less capable of detecting them or simply ignore them.

This figure in fact shows that Spain has designed an excellent, well-run detection network that is now doing exactly the job it was designed for.

Author: Mariano J. Benito Gómez

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