India among top 10 in Global Cybersecurity Index
   Date :01-Jul-2021

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INDIA has made it to the top 10 in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 by ITU, moving up 37 places to rank as the tenth best country in the world on key cyber safety parameters. The affirmation by the UN body of India’s efforts on cybersecurity, comes just ahead of the sixth anniversary of Digital India on July 1. India is emerging as a global IT superpower, asserting its digital sovereignty with firm measures to safeguard data privacy and online rights of citizens. As per the ranking, India has moved up by 37 places to rank as the tenth best country in the world in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on June 29, 2021. India’s 10th position, is a marked improvement from the index’s earlier edition released in 2018, when it was ranked on the 47th spot.
The US topped the chart, followed by the UK and Saudi Arabia tied on the second position, while Estonia was ranked third in the index. South Korea, Singapore and Spain shared the fourth spot, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia shared the fifth spot, Lithuania came in sixth followed by Japan, Canada, France before India. India has also secured the fourth position in the Asia Pacific region, underlining its commitment to cybersecurity. China and Pakistan were ranked at 33 and 79 places, respectively. GCI assessment is done on the basis of performance on five parameters of cybersecurity including legal measures, technical measures, organisational measures, capacity development, and cooperation. The performance is then aggregated into an overall score.
For each of the five aspects, all the countries’ performance and commitment were assessed through a question-based online survey, which further allowed for the collection of the supporting evidence. Through in-depth consultations with a group of experts, the questions were then weighted and assessed, to arrive at the overall scores. The GCI results for India show substantial overall improvement and strengthening under all parameters of the cybersecurity domain. India scored a total of 97.5 points from a possible maximum of 100 points, to make it to the tenth position worldwide in the GCI 2020. India has worked relentlessly on all the five pillars over the last few years, resulting in significant improvement in its ranking in Global Cyber Security Index.