Estonia takes the top spot in the National Cyber Security Index

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Estonia ranks first among 107 countries, ahead of France and Germany, in the National Cyber Security Index (NCSI) drawn up by the e-Governance Academy.

According to NCSI Project Manager, Raul Rikk, Estonia’s top-place ranking means that cyber security is dealt with in a consistent and systematic manner. “The rise in the ranking is linked to the setting up of the Cyber Command by the Estonian Defence Forces. This improved the country’s cyber security rating, taking Estonia ahead of France and Germany with a 5-point lead.”

According to Raul Rikk, the index is based on transparent methodology. “We have made all underlying data public in order to obtain assurance on the objectivity of the assessment. Favouring one country over others is ruled out,” noted Rikk. Rikk also said that the index data are updated on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. “If we are presented evidence that holds water, we will verify the evidence and make the corresponding amendments in the index. No country needs to wait long to see its development within the index.”

The top ten countries best prepared against cyber attacks are Estonia, France, Germany, Slovakia, Singapore, Finland, Lithuania, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

The index includes cyber security data on 107 countries. The index can be consulted at

The National Cyber Security Index (NCSI), developed by e-Governance Academy, measures countries’ level of cyber security and identifies the main fields of priority that need to be tackled in order to improve status of cyber security. The index also provides an overview of countries’ preparedness to prevent and fight cyber attacks and crimes. The development of the National Cyber Security Index was funded by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.

Further information:

Raul Rikk
Director of the National Cyber Security Programme

+ 372 5647 7520


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