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Czechia Falls Behind Western Europe in Cybersecurity

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In contrast to Western and Northern European nations, the Czech Republic exhibits notable shortcomings. To illustrate, merely 86.5% of Czech enterprises employ intricate passwords for authentication, whereas the figure stands at 94% in Finland. Biometric authentication is adopted by a mere 18% of Czech businesses, whereas in the Netherlands, this statistic climbs to 24%. Furthermore, a mere 12% of Czech companies possess cyber risk insurance, in stark contrast to the 71% in Denmark.

The Czech Republic also falls behind in terms of cybersecurity investment, ranking among the lowest in Europe when considering cybersecurity expenditure relative to GDP per capita. While a direct correlation between GDP and security investment isn’t established, more developed nations often excel in this regard.

“Given the ongoing digitization of governmental functions, there are opportunities for the Czech Republic to enhance its IT security,” remarks Ivan Malik, the CEO of Logicworks.

In 2022, the National Office for Cyber and Information Security (NÚKIB) observed a reduction in cyber security incidents compared to 2021 – 146 incidents versus 157. However, the number of cybercrimes reported by the police doubled to nearly 18,000.

Here are ten fundamental guidelines for online safety:

  1. Keep your software up to date: Regularly update your operating system, firewall, antivirus, and other applications.
  2. Monitor your security programs: Some viruses can disable antivirus and firewalls. Ensure these defenses are always active.
  3. Exercise caution with emails: Refrain from opening attachments or clicking links from unfamiliar senders.
  4. Stay wary of scams: Avoid visiting websites from emails that prompt you to update your account details.
  5. Verify site security: Prior to entering your password, confirm that the address bar displays “https” and a lock icon.
  6. Share personal information judiciously: Only provide personal details on reputable and secure websites.
  7. Avoid sharing sensitive information: Never transmit card numbers or passwords via email.
  8. Maintain your firewall: Unless you possess advanced knowledge, keep it on automatic mode.
  9. Practice prudent online banking: Refrain from logging into your account on public computers or devices belonging to others.
  10. Exercise caution on open networks: Unencrypted Wi-Fi networks can be compromised; be vigilant when connecting.



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