India makes it to Top 10 in Global Cybersecurity Index 2020

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On Tuesday, the United Nations published its 202Image Source: The National Bulletin0 Cybersecurity Index report and ranked India 10th in the world. Ironically, the year 2020 marked the largest number of data breaches in India! Read on to understand the predicament.

What is cybersecurity?

  • availability
  • integrity, which may include authenticity and non-repudiation
  • confidentiality

ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)

  1. Legal Measures
  2. Technical Measures
  3. Organizational Measures
  4. Capacity Development, and
  5. Cooperation

The index ranks nations using 82 questions developed by a panel of experts.

World’s most secure nations

  1. US — Most secure nation
  2. UK
  3. Estonia
  4. South Korea, Singapore, Spain
  5. Russia, UAE, Malaysia
  6. Lithuania
  7. Japan
  8. Canada
  9. France
  10. India — improved its ranking and jumped up 37 places

India’s steps towards a resilient cybersecurity mechanism

  • CERT-In (Cyber Emergency Response Team — India), 2004 — national nodal agency that responds against computer security threats
  • National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 — provides the vision and strategic direction to protect the national cyberspace
  • National Cyber Security Coordination Centre (NCCC), 2017 — performs real-time threat assessment
  • Cyber Swachhta Kendra, 2017 — platform for users to analyze and clean their systems by removing various viruses, bots/ malware, Trojans, etc.
  • Cyber Surakshit Bharat Initiative, 2018 — aims to spread awareness about cybercrime and build the capacity of frontline IT staff across all government departments
  • Sandes Platform, 2020 — instant messaging platform like WhatsApp that ensures secure communication between users

Efforts ≠ Outcome?

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Are Indians truly ‘cyber-safe’?

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