The Holy See is at the top of the ranking among countries with the most literacy in cybersecurity, while the Philippines takes the 27th position, according to data gathered by NordVPN.
Via the National Privacy Test, cybersecurity and virtual private network (VPN) provider NordVPN evaluated people’s skills in cybersecurity, including its theoretical concept, how to identify a potential cybercrime, and how to respond to them accordingly.
There were 140,000 participants from across 192 countries in the study, and out of the top 10 that made the rankings, nine were from Europe, led by Vatican City. The citizens of the independent city-state scored an overall of 72 points, suggesting an excellent awareness of cybersecurity concerns and know-how in prudent actions when facing them.
Finland and the Czech Republic followed in the ranking which, while lower in the score, still marks a magnificent assessment to the people in the respective countries, concerning digital privacy awareness, digital habits, and digital risk.
The only Asian country to make it into the top 10 is Singapore with a score point of 69. The United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, as the other Asian countries, were not too far behind at 67 points.
But while higher than the global average, the Philippines’ 66 score puts it in 27th place.
For countries from other continents that are topping the list are Brazil in South America, the United States of America in North America, and New Zealand in Oceania.
Overall, the study also showed that while identifying and preventing digital risks is prevalent in the majority of the participants, a smaller percentage—or less than half of the entire population—are still obscure to the use of online services and the application of privacy tools that will protect their data.