ITU and ABI Research are pleased to launch a follow-up report on the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), published in December 2014 at ITU World Telecom. In addition to showcasing the global and regional scores and rankings, the publication will include Cyberwellness Profiles of 196 sovereign nation states. Each country profile features information on measures contained in the five key pillars of the GCI, as enshrined in the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda, notably: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building and cooperation. Information on child online protection measures will be added to each profile.
The GCI has been an ongoing project between ITU and ABI Research to map out cybersecurity efforts undertaken at the national level. Each of the six regions (Africa, Americas, Arab States, Asia Pacific, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Europe) saw regional champions emerge. Good practices from each region and from each of the pillars are highlighted in the new publication.
An index can serve many purposes, but first and foremost, it can enable nation states to map out their security postures, understand where they need to make improvements, and significantly, measure progress over time. As a first iteration of a truly global index, the GCI has sought to pool relevant data from multiple sources. A survey was sent out to ITU Member States to gather primary research in terms of cybersecurity activities. These efforts were enriched through secondary research from publicly available sources, alongside the efforts of a dedicated analyst team.
The Cyberwellness Profiles exemplify those research efforts and illustrates activities undertaken in a broad variety of national sectors: from legislation, policy and strategy; to responsible institutions and certified public sector professionals; including awareness building and educational exercises, among many other undertakings. Cybersecurity requires a holistic approach in order to be truly effective, and consequently, input from various disciplines and industries is critical for the realization of a comprehensive vision.
Most importantly, cybersecurity is an on-going process and one that needs to be tended, refined, and adjusted over time. . Resolution 130, adopted at ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea, supported continued development of the GCI. The aim going forward is to open up a partnership on the project, alongside ITU and ABI Research, in order to enhance and support the second iteration of the GCI. This concept of cooperation with willing stakeholders goes to the core of the GCI message which is one of transparency and information sharing.
More information about the GCI and the publication is available here: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Cybersecurity/Pages/GCI.aspx.
Michela Menting is a practice director at ABI Research, leading the Digital Security group. She is currently completing a PhD part-time at King’s College London on cybercrime and international legislation.