India ranks 23rd in second Global Cyber security Index (GCI) 2017

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The second Global Cyber security Index (GCI) has placed India at a high 23rd position out of 165 nations.

Key highlights:

  • The Index measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber security. The GCI was released by the UN telecommunications agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • According to ITU only about half of all countries have a cyber security strategy or are in the process of developing one and urged more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime.
  • India is ranked 23rd on the index with a score of 0.683 and has been listed in the “maturing” category.
  • Maturing category refers to 77 countries that have developed complex commitments to cyber security and engage in cyber security programmes and initiatives.
  • Singapore has topped the index with a 0.925 score.

Important features of the report:

  • According to the report around 38 per cent of countries have a published cyber security strategy and an additional 12 per cent of governments are in the process of developing one
  • The agency said more effort is needed in this critical area, particularly since it conveys that governments consider digital risks high priority
  • “Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organisations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective,”
  • In addition to showing the overall cyber security commitment of ITUs 193 member-states, the Index also shows the improvement and strengthening of the five pillars of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: legal, technical, organisational, capacity building and international cooperation.
  • The findings show that there is “space for further improvement in cooperation” at all levels, according to the report, which advocates for encouraging governments to consider national policies that take into account cybersecurity and encourage private citizens to make smart decisions online.

ITU

ITU is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU has 193 countries as its members and also 800 private-sector entities and academic institutions. ITU is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. ITU is responsible for allocating global radio spectrum and satellite orbits. It also develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies to seamlessly interconnect. It also strives to improve access to ICTs among the underserved communities worldwide.

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