Countries are making cybersecurity their topmost priority.
The digital age we are currently living in has fostered so many things around us. Handheld mobile phones, easy-to-carry laptops, internet-powered applications, etc. have helped us to shop easily, manage our finances, and so much more. Nonetheless, it has negative effects too, as the internet can be leveraged by criminals for cyberattacks. Hence, countries are focusing on having strong cybersecurity systems in place to ensure the safety of their citizens.
A country’s law can have a dramatic effect on cybersecurity. If a country is too lenient on its cybersecurity measures, it will become a haven for cybercriminals, leaving every citizen exposed to risks.
However, countries are ramping up their cybersecurity strategies, especially with the rise in the number of cyberattacks during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a study by Comparitech, the USA has stepped down on the list of countries having the best cybersecurity. The five least cyber secure nations on the planet were Algeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Syria, and Iran. The list was topped by nations Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, and Japan. Delving into the information, Iran had the highest percentage of mobile malware diseases and Finland the lowest. With regards to financial malware attacks, Belarus was most awful while Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden shared the top spot. The nation where most telnet attacks started, which is something terrible, was China, while the least attacks were from Turkmenistan.
Given the expansion in complex threats from nation-states, for example, China, Iran, and Russia that the U.S. faces, this dramatic drop in the cybersecurity strength gives off an impression of being a reason for concern, according to cybersecurity experts. The U.S. is, clearly, an extremely prominent cyber target.
Further, Israel truly flaunts a flourishing technology area and the government plays a pivotal role in supporting this initiative. The government has a significant influence on Israel’s quickly developing cybersecurity industry. The Advanced Technologies Park in Israel’s city of Beer-Sheva is home to the country’s cybersecurity theory that unites an extraordinary blend of theoretical and practical cross-fertilization of private and public interests.
Japan too is in the cybersecurity race as it has the lowest infection rates for mobile phones all over the world. But that’s not enough to protect citizens against cybersecurity threats. Japan’s cybersecurity policies and systems are out-of-date, which then makes it very difficult for the government to mitigate threats. Despite all this, Japan is still regarded as one of the safest digital countries globally.
How can we forget China, which is competing fiercely in the AI race? In cybersecurity management too, China can be a tough competitor as recently the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has given a draft three-year action plan to foster the country’s cybersecurity industry, assessing the area might be worth more than 250 billion yuan (US$38.6 billion) by 2023.
The draft comes as Chinese authorities increase efforts to draft regulations to all the more likely oversee data storage, data transfer, and personal data privacy.
India has made it to the top 10 in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020 by ITU, climbing 37 ranks to a position as the 10th best country on the planet on key cybersafety parameters. The certification by the UN body of India’s endeavors on cybersecurity comes only in front of the 6th anniversary of Digital India on July 1. India is arising as a worldwide IT superpower, affirming its digital impact with firm measures to defend data protection and the online rights of residents.
Singapore too is one of the best cyber secure countries with a low percentage of 14% of telnet attacks. The nation boasts a strong legal and technical power along with some effective cybersecurity strategies.
Other countries like Denmark, France, Spain, etc. are competing in this cybersecurity race and emerging as superpowers by leveraging cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence.
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