UN agency releases global cybersecurity ranking

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INTERPOL uncovers pervasive ASEAN cybersecurity flawsWho should we turn to for advice on how to fight cybercrime? Why, Singapore; of course! Sometimes it helps being a centrally controlled city state… when it comes to cybersecurity infrastructure, for instance.

According to a new UN report, with a few notable exceptions such as Singapore (1st spot) and the USA (2nd place), it’s the world’s developing economies that seem to be better at preparing for and mitigating cyberattacks. Considering how hot a topic cybersecurity is, these stats may prompt a few red faces.

Let’s look at a few other examples: Germany is 25th, China is down at 34 and Spain at 60 – three below North Korea. Russia comes in at number 11, but would probably score more highly had propagation of cybercrime been one of the criteria… ouch. The top 10 features an eclectic mix of countries including Malaysia, Canada, Oman, France and Estonia.

You would imagine that, in the current climate, the first priority for any country would be to implement a national cybersecurity strategy – but it appears that only half of all countries surveyed have done so. Small rich countries such as Monaco, San Marino, Andorra and Liechtenstein seem to be the most complacent. The Vatican also scores badly, but hopefully has God on its side.

In an increasingly interconnected world, international cooperation on cybersecurity is all-important; but it is unlikely to be effective until everyone takes it equally seriously.

Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/07/05/technology/05reuters-cyber-un.html

Full survey findings and more information at: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Cybersecurity/Pages/GCI.aspx

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