Phishing has been ranked the top global threat to businesses during the Covid-19, according to key findings by Interpol assessment of cybercrime in relation to the ongoing pandemic.

The 2020 Security Culture Report released by KnowBe4 and CLTRe collected data from more than 120,000 employees in 24 countries to establish how deeply security was embedded into the company culture.

Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, New Zealand, Norway and India are some of the countries that were included in the significant survey.

The industries surveyed included banking, financial services, insurance, education, transport, as well as energy and utilities.

The security report was developed by CLTRe, a research organisation acquired by KnowBe4 to enhance its ability to truly understand how firms were threatened by a lack of information.

The overall security culture scores were measured across seven dimensions including Attitudes, Behaviours, Cognition, Communication, Compliance, Norms, and Responsibilities.

These parameters were then further analysed against the country and industry sector to provide a holistic global security overview.

“Asia has the highest security culture score, followed by the United Kingdom,” said Anna Collard, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy and Evangelist for KnowBe4 Africa.

She added: “The continent of Africa is on par with North America, Australia and New Zealand at 73 and leading ahead of Europe at 69.

A higher score could be because Africa has leapfrogged legacy issues that plague some of the security environments in Europe.

It may also be explained by the fact that about 90 percent of the African participants were from South African financial institutions.

“While Africa isn’t quite as compliant as the USA overall, our results show a more positive Attitude, Norms and Behaviour towards securing information.

“However, where Africa – and the rest of the world – is struggling is in Education, which scored particularly badly with Communication policies, Attitudes and Cognition, which is linked to learning. It’s an area that we have to become aware of, as it puts students and educators at risk.”

Find the full report here: