U.N. survey ranks countries with the best cyber security; UK nowhere to be seen

Singapore has emerged as the sole bright spot in the world in terms of combating cyber-crimes, nurturing cyber security capabilities and boosting information-sharing networks.

The UK has failed to feature among the top ten countries with the best cyber security and preparedness against future attacks.

The latest United Nations International Telecommunication Union's Global Cybersecurity Index has ranked Singapore as the best in the world when it comes to combating cyber-crimes, nurturing cyber security capabilities and boosting information-sharing networks.

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The United States, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada also featured among the top ten countries in the list. Russia finished 11th in the race.

While measuring capabilities of nations as far as cyber security is concerned, the ITU placed a premium on whether the latter had national security strategies in place. Once the survey was completed, the U.N. body revealed that half of all countries did not have such strategies in place.

"Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organizations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective," the survey said.

"The degree of interconnectivity of networks implies that anything and everything can be exposed, and everything from national critical infrastructure to our basic human rights can be compromised."

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Aside from France, European countries fared poorly in the survey. While Germany finished at 25th place, Spain finished at 60th and even trailed North Korea which finished 57th. Large Asian countries with strong economies like India and China finished 25th and 34th respectively.

Equatorial Guinea finished last with a score of zero but surprisingly, a number of rich nations like Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican finished poorly as well.

"There is still an evident gap between countries in terms of awareness, understanding, knowledge and finally capacity to deploy the proper strategies, capabilities, and programmes," the survey added.

Source: Reuters