AUSTRALIA is a bad choice for data security, according to the Data Danger Zones report, which analysed 3.5 trillion IP addresses across 170 nations and found Singapore and Switzerland ranked first and second for data security. 

End users and suppliers wanting to store high security data from electronic security systems locally would do better to choose a data centre in New Zealand than Australia. And if you want the best security balanced with government transparency, then Singapore is your choice. 

The Data Danger Zones report from secure data centre Artmotion, identified Switzerland as the least risky nation for data storage, receiving a potential risk score of only 1.6 per cent. This was followed by Singapore (1.9 per cent) and Iceland (2.3 per cent). 

NZ was 5th most secure, with a data security risk of 5.2 per cent. Australia languished well out of the top 20 with a risk of 11.20 per cent. The riskiest nation for data storage is Somalia, with a risk score of 92.9 per cent.

Combining independent data from the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Transparency International, Global IntAKE and Control Risk, the new international benchmark examines a range of key security factors – from the quality of digital infrastructure, to political instability, to the potential risk of natural disasters.

Top 15 safest nations:

Switzerland (Data risk score – 1.6 percent)
Singapore (1.9)
Iceland (2.3)
Luxembourg (2.6)
Hong Kong (3.6)
Taiwan (3.9)
Austria (5.2)
New Zealand (5.2)
Portugal (6.9)
Denmark (7.6)
Finland (7.6)
Lithuania (7.6)
Norway (7.9)
Sweden (7.9)
South Korea (8.3).  ♦