Kaspersky Lab Wednesday launched its Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index, which it called “the first global index to measure the current cyberthreat levels faced by internet users.”

The Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index is based on data collected from thousands of users across the globe, said Kaspersky.

The 2016 Cybersecurity Index is based on a detailed survey carried out in August 2016, in 21 countries across the globe.

According to the data, only one in five users (21 percent) currently believe he or she is threatened by anything online.

Almost one third of users (29 percent) have fallen victim to cybercriminal schemes (for example, 8 percent have had their accounts hijacked and 22 percent have had their devices infected by malware).

Only 60 percent of users have installed security solutions on all the devices they use to access the internet.

The Index demonstrates that, today, many users underestimate cyberthreats even after facing them, an attitude which inevitably affects their security.

The index combines three key indicators, which are measured every six months and which provide the information needed to monitor the degree of risk to the average internet user:

  • The Concerned Indicator shows the percentage of people who believe they may be targeted by a cyberattack. This indicator shows the degree to which users realize the danger to which they are exposed.
  • The Affected Indicator identifies how many people have actually fallen victim to cyberattacks during the reporting period – e.g., have faced data leakage or extortion online.
  • The Protected Indicator shows the number of users who have installed a security solution on the device they use to access the internet. This is the average figure for all the devices used, including computers and mobile devices.

“We created the Index to draw the attention of users, the media and vendors to the issue of cybersecurity,” said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.

“Many users today, we believe, do not expect to come face-to-face with cyberthreats, so they fail to install security solutions on their devices and behave carelessly online. This makes them easy targets for cybercriminals.