In 2015, just under half (43%) the world’s population has an Internet connection: 3.2 billion people, compared to 2.9 billion in July 2014.
The Internet brings communications, shopping, entertainment, news, education, work and more to anyone, anytime, anywhere and on any device. But our threat research shows that these same channels can be, and increasingly are also used by criminals, malicious attackers, terrorists and even bullies. Some are simply out to hurt, disrupt or destabilize; others are after money or identities; and a few of the most dangerous have set their sights on political or business intelligence or even critical national infrastructure such as electricity networks. In one way or another, everyone is at risk.
And all those people and groups with malicious intent keep a close eye on evolving digital technology. Every new development, every new device and every new operating system is explored for vulnerabilities. They also exploit human behaviour, such as a lack of digital literacy and an innate tendency to trust.
In order to better understand how Internet users across the world perceive, prepare for and are impacted by current online threats, Kaspersky Lab, together with research company B2B International, undertakes a comprehensive annual global research study. The study explores device ownership and Internet use, as well as awareness and experience of current cyberthreats.