VN falls in world cyber security index

Ngoc Huynh

Viet Nam has been ranked 101 out of 193 countries with a score of 0.245 in the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 (GCI-2017).

The country fell 25 places due to cyber attacks on the country’s airlines last year and the widespread Wannacry ransomware infections in May this year.

Singapore topped the ranking with a score of 0.925, followed by the US, while Malaysia came in third place.

The GCI-2017 is compiled by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency for information and communication technology.

Viet Nam joined the union in 1951. The first edition of the Global Cybersecurity Index was launched in 2014.

The GCI is a survey that measures the commitment of member states to cybersecurity to classify and project development process at the regional and global levels. It is based on five pillars: technical, organisational, legal, capacity building and cooperation. The GCI also classified its member states into three categories based on their cybersecurity development. The initiating stage consists of 96 countries, including Viet Nam; maturing stage at 77 countries and leading stage with 21 countries.

A series of cyber attacks last year and the first half of this year has urged member countries to tighten their commitment for a safer world in the era of modern technologies.

This year’s publication of the GCI continues to show the commitment to cybersecurity of countries around the world. The overall picture shows improvement and strengthening of all five elements of the cybersecurity agenda in various countries in all regions.

However, there is space for further improvement in cooperation at all levels, capacity building and organisational measures. Additionally, the gap in the level of cybersecurity engagement between different regions is still present and visible, the report said.

The level of development of the different pillars varies from country to country in the regions, and while commitment in Europe remains very high in the legal and technical fields in particular, the challenging situation in the Africa and Americas regions shows the need for continued engagement and support. — VNS

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