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Africa Faces Growing Cybersecurity Threat – Check Point

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The potential for the number of cybersecurity attacks to increase further in "mobile-first" Africa is growing as criminals find more ways to attack mobile devices, according to analysis of the global Threat Index by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP).

Check Point's Threat Index provides a data-based breakdown of new and prevalent threats, as well as the relative rankings of countries' risk profiles globally -- the higher the ranking the greater the threat of cyber-attack, the Israeli vendor notes.

At the end of the first quarter of 2016, Nigeria was the 16th highest ranked country, moving up two places from 18th position in the preceding quarter. "Developing and African nations are highly represented in the upper rankings of the index, and Nigeria was surpassed by a handful of other African countries, including Namibia and Malawi in second and fourth spots respectively," notes Check Point in its analysis. "In stark contrast, Kenya improved its ranking by 24 places, moving from 45th position at the end of 2015, to 69th at the end of the quarter."

During the first quarter, mobile malware ranked as one of the ten most prevalent attack types affecting corporate networks and devices for the first time ever, according to Rick Rogers, Area Manager for East and West Africa at Check Point. "With Africa being the 'mobile-first' and often 'mobile-only' continent, this new wave of threats is likely to have a strong impact on the number of attacks evidenced in the region," he noted.

The Index is based on threat intelligence drawn from Check Point's ThreatCloud World Cyber Threat Map, which tracks how and where cyberattacks are taking place worldwide in real time.

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