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National Cyber Security Index

The National Cyber Security Index ranks 160 countries’ cyber security status

The National Cyber Security Index (NCSI) measures more than three-quarters of the countries’ cyber security ratings in the world. The top ten countries best prepared against cyber attacks are Greece, Czech Republic and Estonia, Lithuania, Spain, Croatia, France, Finland, Denmark and Netherlands. To date, the NCSI includes cyber security data on 160 countries.

The National Cyber Security Index, 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. Analysing these fields helps governments to identify the gaps in policies and strategies that should to be tackled to improve a country’s cyber security.

According to Epp Maaten, Programme Director of National Cyber Security at the e-Governance Academy there are no territorial borders in the cyberspace, therefore the problems – but also the solutions – are often very similar from place to place. “Allowing comparability between countries and breaking down the scores into specific measurable aspects, the NCSI enables countries to see the shortcomings and plan next steps to make their cyber space more secure,” Maaten highlights.

According to Epp Maaten the NCSI is one of the most consistent and transparent indexes among others.The NCSI is different from other indexes in its provision of transparent and up-to-date information. The methodology and calculations behind the ranking are explained, and all underlying evidence data is published in the web. The NCSI rankings are compared with the most commonly used indices in the field for a comprehensive overview,” said Maaten. “We thank all our collaborators around the world for continues data updates.”

The development and management of the National Cyber Security Index is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

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