Qatar has achieved high rankings in terms of cybersecurity and ranked third in the Arab world and 17th globally on the Global Cybersecurity Index 2018 released recently by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
This year, Qatar advanced eight positions on the global landscape and occupied the 17th position from the 25th in 2017. The GCI 2018, which covered 175 countries around the world, placed Qatar with the top three countries in the Arab region.
GCI is an index developed by the ITU aiming to provide insight into the cybersecurity engagement of member states. Rooted in the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), the third version - GCI 2018 - still oversees the level of commitment in five areas: legal measures, technical measures, organizational measures, capacity building, and co-operation.
GCI 2018 said, “Qatar ranks third with a strong legal framework and a robust organisational structure with a National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) that has a key focus on securing critical information infrastructure and a National Cybersecurity Committee responsible to implement and drive that Strategy. Their eCrime law integrates a large arsenal of procedural measures.”
The GCI Top 10 most committed countries globally in 2018 included the UK, which ranked first; the US, which placed second; and France, third. Positions from four through 10 went to Lithuania, Estonia, Singapore, Spain, Malaysia, Norway, Canada, and Australia, respectively.
The GCI 2018 says that in 2018, the majority of countries reported having a national cybersecurity strategy, which is an increase from last year, and 47% have metrics to measure cybersecurity development at a national level, which is also an improvement, since in 2017 only 21% had metrics. It says that the overall result shows improvement and strengthening of all five pillars of the cybersecurity agenda in various countries in all regions.
The GCI is included under ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 130 on strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies. The ultimate goal is to foster a global culture of cybersecurity and its integration at the core of information and communication technologies.
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