Global Cyber Security Index (GCI) 2020:
According to a United Nations report released, India has jumped 37 places to 10th position in the Global Cyber Security Index (GCI) 2020.
- The GCI is a composite index created, analyzed and published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
- It measures the commitment to cybersecurity of its 194 member countries to raise cybersecurity awareness.
- The latest report is the fourth GCI edition by the ITU, the first version of which was launched six years ago.
- Each country’s development or engagement is assessed along five pillars – (i) Legal measures, (ii) Technical measures, (iii) Organizational measures, (iv) Capacity development, and (v) Cooperation- and then aggregated into a composite score.
- The top rank in the GCI was achieved by the US with a score of 100.
- The UK and Saudi Arabia finished second, tied for next place with a score of 99.54.
- In the Asia Pacific region, South Korea and Singapore are on top with a score of 98.52, which ranks fourth globally.
- Other countries at the top of the index include Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia (98.06) at fifth place, Lithuania at sixth, Japan at seventh and Canada, France and India at the subsequent positions.
- Among other countries, Turkey (97.49) was ranked 11th, Germany (97.41) at 13th, China (92.53) at 33rd and Israel (90.93) at 36th position.
- India ranked 10th in the fourth edition of the Global Cyber Security Index 2020 (GCI), a significant jump of 37 places from its previous GCI rank in 2018.
- India also ranks fourth in the Asia-Pacific region.