Japan Skates into Second Place

Skaters are speeding around Sochi ice rinks this week at the 2014 Winter Games, capturing the world’s attention with their grace and athletic prowess. Our blog series also skates along to another medal round, as we honor Japan with our second-place silver medal for its exemplary approach to managing malware threats.

As we noted in our introduction post, Microsoft tracks global malware infection rates each quarter in our Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. Japan’s consistently low malware infection rates helped it earn this prestigious recognition.

In the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), 1.1 of every 1,000 computers in Japan were cleaned, compared to the worldwide average of 5.8. This was 45 percent lower than our Bronze medal winner during the period. Additionally, only 7 percent of computers in Japan encountered malware, compared with the worldwide average of 17 percent.

Of the threats Japan encountered, Miscellaneous Trojans were the most common, totaling 4.6 percent of encounters — up from 3.8 percent in 1Q13. Exploits and worms were also commonly encountered, but rates for these categories have both declined. More details about Japan’s performance in 2Q13 can be found here.

Over the years, the country’s government agencies have collaborated with global corporations to educate computer users about removing infections and improving the detection rates. Experts in Japan believe this longstanding partnership and overall awareness has increased information security knowhow across the nation, contributing to lower malware infection rates.

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