India is at the 23rd slot out of 165 nations in a global index that traces the commitment of nations across the globe to cybersecurity and helps them to identify areas for improvement.
The second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), released by the UN telecommunication agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said that through the information collected, it aims to illustrate the practices in use so that ITU Member States can identify gaps and implement selected activities suitable to their national environment – with the added benefits of helping to harmonize practices and fostering a global culture of cybersecurity.
Only about half of all countries have mechanism to fight cyber-attack or are in the process of developing one. ITU urged more countries to come ahead and embrace national policies to protect against cybercrime.
The months of May and June, this year were the worst in terms of cyber-attack. “While the impact generated by cyber-attacks, such as those carried out as recently as 27 June 2017, may not be eliminated completely, prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the risks posed by cyber-related threats can and should always be put in place. The GCI reaffirms ITU’s commitment to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” said, Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General.
India scores 0.683 and has been listed in the “maturing” category, which includes 77 countries that have commitments towards cybersecurity and engage in cybersecurity programs. Singapore tops the Index with a score of 0.925.
The GCI-2017 also shows that there is space for further improvement in cooperation at all levels, capacity building and organizational measures. “As the global community rapidly embraces ICTs as key enabler for social and economic development, it is vital that cybersecurity is made an integral and indivisible part of the digital transformation,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “We continue to encourage governments to consider national policies that take into account cybersecurity so that everyone can reap the benefits of the online world.” In addition to showing the overall cybersecurity commitment of ITU’s 193 Member States, the index also shows the improvement and strengthening of all GCI indicators, which are defined by the five pillars of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda as: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building and international cooperation.