The 7 riskiest countries to store business data

By Tom Wadlow
War torn countries are among the most risky places to store data, with growing online powers such as China and India also way behind the safest countrie...

War torn countries are among the most risky places to store data, with growing online powers such as China and India also way behind the safest countries in the world.

Combining independent data from the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Transparency International, Global IntAKE and Control Risk, the new international benchmark from Artmotion examines a range of key security factors - from the quality of digital infrastructure, to political instability, to the potential risk of natural disasters.

While not on the list below, emerging data centre power China were not far behind, falling below the likes of Russia, Sri Lanka and Rwanda. India also fared badly, coming in behind Iran in the rankings.

The seven most risky places to store data are as follows:

  1. Somalia (Data risk score – 92.9 percent)
  2. Afghanistan (88.3)
  3. Burundi (80.4)
  4. Yemen (79)
  5. Iraq (77.7)
  6. Syria (77.7)
  7. Central African Republic (74.4)

The benchmark identified Switzerland as the least risky nation for data storage, receiving a “potential risk score” of only 1.6 percent. This was followed by Singapore (1.9 percent) and Iceland (2.3 percent).

Commenting on the new report, Mateo Meier, CEO of Artmotion said: “More than ever, it is important for businesses and individuals to understand the impact that location can have on the privacy and security of their data.

“In the age of cloud computing, it’s easy to forget that every piece of information stored still requires a physical home, and that the geographic location of that home can have a serious impact on data privacy.”

“In support of this point, Data Danger Zones examines over 3.5 trillion IP addresses in 170 countries, providing one of the most comprehensive guides ever created for assessing data safety. Through this analysis we want businesses to be able to make a more informed decision of how and where to store their data, and have a better understanding whether or not it is truly safe.”

To download the full benchmark report, or to view an interactive map of the world’s data danger zones, visit www.artmotion.eu/risk-map

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