The United Nations has released the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index, measuring the commitment of 193 member states. Overall there are signs of improvement and strengthening across the board – but there are a few key areas of struggle.
The Index measures 25 indicators across five pillars: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building, and international cooperation
The top 10 most committed member states, based on their collected scores:
- Singapore – .92
- United States – .91
- Malaysia – .89
- Oman – .87
- Estonia – .84
- Mauritius – .82
- Australia – .82
- Georgia – .81
- France – .81
- Canada – .81
The results point to the most ideal ecosystems for cybersecurity where laws, organizations, cooperation, and other factors must work in harmony to be truly effective. The index also points out:
“Cybersecurity is not just a concern of the government but also needs commitment from the private sector and consumers. Thus, it is important to develop a cybersecurity culture where citizens are aware of the trade-off between risks and monitoring when using electronic networks.”
- Only 38% of countries have a published cybersecurity strategy, while another 12% have one under development
- 61% do have an emergency response team with national responsibility to respond to a computer emergency, but
- 78% don’t have any metrics in place to measure cybersecurity development on a national level.
You can download the complete report free – click here.
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