Latest report released by the United Nations Specialized Agency for Information and Communication Technology has shown that there is an improvement in cyber security among its member states since the beginning of 2017.
The global cyber security index 2017, GCL-2017, which measures the commitment of ITU’s 193 member states to cyber security, indicates that there is a significant improvement on cyber security actions by ITU member states.
Speaking on the index, ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao, said; “At ITU, we are committed to making the internet more secure, safer and trustworthy, for the benefit of all. While the impact generated by cyber-attacks, such as those carried out as recently as June 27, 2017, may not be eliminated completely, prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the risks posed by cyber-related threats can and should always be put in place. The GCI reaffirms ITU’s commitment to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.”
On his part, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou, said that; “As the global community rapidly embraces ICTs as key enabler for social and economic development, it is vital that cyber security is made an integral and indivisible part of digital transformation. We continue to encourage governments to consider national policies that take into account cyber security so that everyone can reap the benefits of the online world.”
In addition to showing the overall cyber security commitment of ITU’s 193 member states, the index also shows the improvement and strengthening of all GCI indicators, which are defined by the five pillars of the ITU Global Cyber security Agenda such as legal, technical, organizational, capacity building and international cooperation.
The GCI-2017 measures countries’ commitment to cyber security and helps them identify areas for improvement. Through the information collected, it aims to illustrate the practices in use so that ITU member states can identify gaps and implement selected activities suitable to their national environment with the added benefits of helping to harmonize practices and fostering a global culture of cyber security. It also shows that there is space for further improvement in cooperation at all levels, capacity building and organizational measures.
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