The second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) has placed India at a high 23rd position out of 165 nations.
About the Index
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).
Features of 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.
- 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.
- 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.
International Telecommunication Union
An agency of the United Nations (UN) whose purpose is to coordinate telecommunication operations and services throughout the world. Originally founded in 1865, as the International Telegraph Union, the ITU is the oldest existing international organization. ITU headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. The ITU sets and publishes regulations and standards relevant to electronic communication and broadcasting technologies of all kinds including radio, television, satellite , telephone and the Internet .
Source : Economic Times
GS III : Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security