According to a report in a recent issue of Processor, researchers at Microsoft have found that nations employing computer security teams and proactive ISPs possess consistently lower rates of malware infection.

Microsoft says that Austria, Germany, Finland and Japan all had consistently lower infection rates than the global average—and that rates have stayed consistent since 2007. What makes the difference? According to the Processor article, Microsoft attributes the lower rates to “strong public-private partnerships that enable proactive and response capabilities.” These countries also have computer emergency response teams and ISPs that take an active role in monitoring and managing infection threats and create “an IT culture where admins respond quickly to system infections.”

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