A new report on the Internet reveals that Portugal is in the top 50 of the countries most exposed to the pandemic, occupying the 36th position. The conclusion is in the 2020 edition of the National / Industry / Cloud Exposure Report (NICER) by Rapid7, an American cybersecurity solutions company, which also shows that, surprisingly, the public health crisis that is marking 2020 it has not had a negative impact on the Internet with regard to various levels of security, with an improvement even being seen.
In a list that shows that the three countries most exposed were the United States, China and South Korea, Portugal appears below half the table. Even so, countries such as Belgium (47th place) and Greece (50th position) are better positioned and have not been so vulnerable.
As explained in the report, these numbers were calculated based on the total attack surface, that is, the total number of version 4 of the Internet protocols (IPv4s) in use, where something was exposed during the study period. So the top 3 is not exactly surprising, but everything else. For example, although Canada and Iro have a considerable presence when it comes to Internet networks, Canada has less than half the population of the Iro. Even so, both countries have very similar exposure rates, with Canada, in 9th place, surpassing Iro, in the next position.
The total exposure of selected services was also something that the document took into account, more specifically in relation to Server Message Block (SMB), SQL Server and Telnet, which should never be exposed, in addition to the distinct number of common vulnerabilities and exposures ( CVEs, in the English acronym). The greater the number of CVEs, the greater the exposure. The vulnerability distribution rate was also another aspect analyzed, being defined as the number of services exposed with vulnerability or just exposed services.
A good surprise: the results of the report
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the overall results of the report are surprising. "The year 2020 is nothing short of a year full of surprises – and some are even pleasant!", The document reads.