With the fast-paced advancement in technology and an increasingly inter-connected system that is facilitated by the internet — carrying everything from our personal to financial data — cybersecurity has become a thing of prime importance.
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The UN telecommunications agency, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), recently released its second edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index (CGI) which ranks countries of the world depending on their national policy against cybercrime — which ascertains there cybersecurity commitment.
The report pointed out that currently, 38 percent of the countries have a cybersecurity strategy in place, while 12 percent of the governments are still developing one.
Among the 193 member countries listed in the Global Cybersecurity Index, India is ranked at the 23rd spot with a score of 0.683 while Singapore tops the list with a score of 0.925.
“At ITU, we are committed to making the Internet more secure, safer and trustworthy, for the benefit of all,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General. “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 building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.”
In addition to the cybersecurity policy, the index also shows the improvement and strengthening of all the GCI indicators including legal, technical, organisational, capacity building and international cooperation.
“As the global community rapidly embraces ICTs as the 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.”
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Cyberattacks ranging from malicious adware to ransomware and other malware are a constant threat to systems worldwide — translating into a threat to a user as well as government or private corporate data.
In order to be able to facilitate development via the internet, governments all around the world need to be prepared to defend their cyber infrastructure and mitigate such threats at the earliest.