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Recently I spoke at the Microsoft EU Cybersecurity & Digital Crimes Forum 2012 in Brussels. I provided an in-depth briefing on some of the significant shifts in threat landscape in the EU during the second half of 2011. I will be sharing some of the key findings of this analysis in a short series of articles. Of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) we have identified the locations with the highest malware infection rates. We determine this using a measure called computers cleaned per mille (CCM). The CCM is the number of computers found infected with malware for every 1,000 systems scanned by the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) which runs on over 600 million systems worldwide on a monthly basis.
In part 1 of this series on the threat landscape in the European Union in the second half of 2011, I examined the threats in the location with the highest malware infection rate, Romania. In this segment of the series I will examine what is happening in the EU member states that have seen the biggest increases in malware infection rates in the last half of 2011, Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
In the first two parts (part 1, part 2) of this three part series I focused on the locations in the European Union (EU) that had the highest malware infection rates and/or saw the highest increases in malware infection rates in the second half of 2011. In this final installment of the series I focus on the countries/regions in the EU that have the lowest malware infection rates and some insights that other locations with higher infection rates might find helpful.