India has jumped up 37 places to be ranked 10th in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020, as per a United Nations report launched on Tuesday. The GCI is a composite index produced, analysed and published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialised agency of the UN, to measure the commitment of its 194 member states to cybersecurity in order to raise cybersecurity awareness.
The Indian mission also said that the country was the fourth among Asia-Pacific nations and said that the rankings demonstrated India’s success and commitment to cybersecurity. The latest report is the fourth GCI edition by the ITU, with the first edition launched six years ago. In a tweet, India at UN said, “In a big leap, India jumps 37 places to be ranked 10th in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 launched by Int’l Telecommunication Union 4th in Asia-Pacific, demonstrating India’s success and commitment to cybersecurity.” According to an official release, the GCI measures the commitment of countries to cybersecurity at a global level – to raise awareness of the importance and different dimensions of the issue. The top rank in the GCI was secured by the US with a score of 100. The UK and Saudi Arabia followed second, tied for the next spot with a score of 99.54. Estonia was third and bagged a score of 99.48.
In the Asia Pacific region, South Korea and Singapore ranked at the top with a score of 98.52, tied for the fourth spot globally. Other countries on the top of the index included Russia, UAE, and Malaysia at the fifth spot (98.06), Lithuania at the sixth, Japan at seventh, and Canada, France, and India following in subsequent positions. Meanwhile, the list featured China at the 33rd spot and Pakistan at the 79th spot in the GCI 2020 report.