UN publishes the Global Cybersecurity Index

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Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated with each passing day. There have been cases of cyberattacks capable of knocking down power grids, locking up hospitals, and robbing companies. Therefore, online security has become a major concern. However, a United Nations survey released recently points out that there are still some major gaps in security among the world’s most powerful countries. The Global Cybersecurity Index, which takes a look at the defense capabilities in 134 countries, focuses on five factors: technical, organizational, legal, cooperation and growth potential. This index ranks countries in several ways, including those most committed to cybersecurity.

Global Cybersecurity Index Current Ranking

On the Global Cybersecurity Index, Singapore ranks highest for “most committed to cybersecurity”. The United States comes in second, followed by Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France, Canada and Russia. The survey pointed out that despite the massive gap in wealth, poorer nations like Malaysia and Oman were stronger in cybersecurity than countries such as France.

Global Cybersecurity Index

Here’s a quote on the subject from the survey report:

“The data collection shows that developing countries lack well-trained cybersecurity experts as well as a thorough appreciation and the necessary education on cybersecurity issues for law enforcement, and continued challenges in the judiciary and legislative branches”

Half of the countries that responded to the survey do not have a cybersecurity strategy. More than half do not have training for their police. The UN called the creation of a cybersecurity strategy a “crucial first step” for any nation. Furthermore, there is a major gap in cybersecurity among the top five permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council, according to the Global Cybersecurity Index. Among these countries, the US was ranked No. 2, France was ranked No. 8, Russia No. 10, The UK No. 12 and China was ranked No. 32.

However, the survey also noted that there is no global standard for cybersecurity, which is considered problematic.


Read the full report here.

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