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Global Cybersecurity Index 2020 by ITU

The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 was launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on June 29, 2021. This was the fourth edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index. 194 countries were measured to show GCI results.


The Index maps 82 questions on Member State cybersecurity commitments across five pillars:

  1. Legal measures
  2. Technical measures
  3. Organizational measures
  4. Capacity development measures
  5. Cooperation measures

GCI assessment is done on the basis of performance on five pillars of cybersecurity. The performance is then aggregated into an overall score.

According to the report, Global Cybersecurity Index 2020 Ranking:

Key findings for India:

India’s Global Score and Rank:

» India has been ranked 10th.

» India scored an overall score of 97.5 out of a possible maximum of 100 points to secure this spot.

» India moved up 37 places to rank as the tenth best country in the world.

India’s Regional Score and Rank:

» India has secured the fourth position with an overall score of 97.49 in the Asia Pacific region.

Note: In the Asia Pacific region, Korea (Rep. of) & Singapore was tied on the first position.

» The Global Cybersecurity Index results for India show substantial overall improvement and strengthening under all parameters of the cybersecurity domain.

Global Ranking of the Top Four Countries:

Rank 1- United States of America
Rank 2- United Kingdom
Rank 2- Saudi Arabia
Rank 3- Estonia
Global Ranking of the Bottom Five Countries:

Rank 180- Equatorial Guinea
Rank 181- Dem. People's Rep. of Korea
Rank 182- Micronesia
Rank 182- Vatican
Rank 182- Yemen
Ranks of neighboring countries of India:

Rank 33 - China
Rank 53- Bangladesh
Rank 79 - Pakistan
Rank 83 - Sri Lanka
Rank 94- Nepal (Republic of)

The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) was first launched in 2015 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The GCI report aims to better understand countries’ commitments to cybersecurity, identify gaps, encourage the incorporation of good practices, and provide useful insights for countries to improve their cybersecurity postures.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. ITU was founded in 1865 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Source: itu.int

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