Global Cybersecurity Index 2020


  • Recently, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched the Global Cybersecurity Index 2020

Key Findings of Global Cybersecurity Index 2020

  • India has made it to the top 10 in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 by ITU, moving up 37 places to rank as the tenth best country in the world on key cybersafety parameters.
    • In the last edition of the GCI in 2018, India was placed at the 47th spot and specifically in the Asia-Pacific region, was surpassed by countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. 
  • Global Cybersecurity Index 2020
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    India is emerging as a global IT superpower, asserting its digital sovereignty with firm measures to safeguard data privacy and online rights of citizens.

  • India has also secured the fourth position in the Asia Pacific region, underlining its commitment to cybersecurity.
  • The GCI results for India show substantial overall improvement and strengthening under all parameters of the cybersecurity domain.
  • India scored a total of 97.5 points from a possible maximum of 100 points, to make it to the tenth position worldwide in the GCI 2020.
  • India has worked relentlessly on all the five pillars over the last few years, resulting in significant improvement in its ranking in GCI.
  • The US topped the chart, followed by the UK and Saudi Arabia tied on the second position, while Estonia was ranked third in the index.
    • Other countries on the top of the index included Russia, UAE, and Malaysia at the fifth spot (98.06), Lithuania at the sixth, Japan at seventh, and Canada, France, and India following in subsequent positions. Meanwhile, the list featured China at the 33rd spot and Pakistan at the 79th spot in the GCI 2020 report.

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About Global Cybersecurity Index

  • GCI assessment is done on the basis of performance on five parameters of cybersecurity including legal measures, technical measures, organisational measures, capacity development, and cooperation. The performance is then aggregated into an overall score.
  • For each of the five aspects, all the countries’ performance and commitment were assessed through a question-based online survey, which further allowed for the collection of the supporting evidence.
  • Through in-depth consultations with a group of experts, the questions were then weighted and assessed, to arrive at the overall scores.
  • The latest report is the fourth GCI edition by the ITU, with the first edition launched six years ago.

Source: IE

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