ABI Research and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop a Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI). The GCI will measure the cybersecurity development capabilities of sovereign nation states. The referential will be based on five categories: Legal Measures; Technical Measures; Organizational Measures; Capacity Building; and Cooperation.
The goal of the GCI is to assist nations in benchmarking their current cybersecurity development efforts against recommended best practice standards in the five different fields. This index will enable them to assess where they need to make further improvements and how far they are from implementing an acceptable level of cybersecurity.
The partnership will lean on the respective strengths of both parties in order to develop a comprehensive index. The ITU has been an organization based on public-private partnership since its inception, with a current membership of 193 countries and over 700 private-sector entities and academic institutions. It has a long-standing agenda for developing cybersecurity capabilities at the government level. The IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats) collaboration is a token of the ITU’s efforts to foster international cybersecurity development.
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By harnessing existing efforts and integrating them into a comprehensive measurement tool, the GCI represents a significant step in supporting the creation of a global culture of cybersecurity. The index will allow nation states to better address their security needs and to tackle vulnerabilities more effectively. Cooperation and preparation are key elements for consolidating cybersecurity and can play a decisive role in throttling the pernicious growth of cyber threats.
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