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Cyber Capability

Cyber Capability:

According to a report by International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), an influential think tank, India’s offensive cyber capability is “Pakistan-focused” and “regionally effective”, and not tuned towards China.

Countries Under Observation:

  • The report has done a qualitative assessment of cyber power in 15 countries.
  • Four members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
  • Three cyber-capable allies of the Five Eyes states – France, Israel and Japan.
  • Four countries viewed by the Five Eyes and their allies as cyber threats – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.
  • Four states at earlier stages in their cyber power development – India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The report has divided the 15 states into three tiers of cyber power:

  • First Tier: States with world-leading strengths across all the categories in the methodology. The United States of America is the only country in this tier.
  • Second Tier: States that have world-leading strengths in some of the categories. Australia, Canada, China, France, Israel, Russia and the United Kingdom are in this tier.
  • Third Tier: States that have strengths or potential strengths in some of the categories but significant weaknesses in others. India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea and Vietnam are in this tier.
  • This report provides confirmation of the likely durability of US digital-industrial superiority for at least the next ten years.