ITU published its Global Cybersecurity Index 2017
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the Global Cybersecurity Index (CGI) 2017, a new edition of its assessment of the commitments of its members to cybersecurity. The GCI 2017 records capabilities in 134 member states, by focusing on five factors related to the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building and international cooperation. This version increased the visibility of what countries are doing to improve cybersecurity. According to findings, CGI has motivated countries to improve their work related to cybersecurity and raised awareness in countries for the need to start bilateral, multilateral and international cooperation. The research revealed that, while increased Internet access and technological development is correlated with improvement in cybersecurity at the global level, this is not necessarily true for countries with developing economies and lower levels of technological development. Developing countries lack well-trained cybersecurity experts, and necessary education on cybersecurity issues for law enforcement, and thus more cooperation should be initiated between developed and developing countries to assist them in cybersecurity development. Yet the research also showed that poorer nations can be stronger in their overall commitment to cybersecurity than rich ones: while Singapore ranked as the most committed country, it is followed by US and then Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia and France, Canada and Russia.