GCI 2017: Global Cybersecurity Index shows that Germany must ensure more security

Im Global Cyber ​​Security Index 2017 that International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the cyber security studies in 134 countries around the world were evaluated and corresponding rankings were drawn up. In addition to these, there are numerous explanations of the measures taken by individual countries, the determination of the values ​​and so on in the document. Compared to previous GCI reports, Germany has slipped several places to 24th place. You can ask yourself: what makes a cyber-secure country and what can Germany do better?

GCI 2017: The current Global Cybersecurity Index shows that Germany has some catching up to do. Meanwhile, Estonia is ahead in Europe.

GCI 2017: The current Global Cybersecurity Index shows that Germany has some catching up to do. Meanwhile, Estonia has the edge in Europe.

Information system security in 134 countries

Cybersecurity or security for information systems is more important than ever in the age of digitization. Private individuals, companies, organizations, governments, the military and many other instances have to protect their systems and defend them in an emergency. In Germany there is, among other things, certification for Cyber ​​Security Practitioner, but other countries in the world and especially Europe are ahead when it comes to cybersecurity.

The entire study you can find here (PDF, 76 pages, English). Maybe you’re also interested Cyber ​​security check guide (PDF, 52 pages, German) from Federal Office for Security in Information Technology. The latter publication should be of particular interest to IT people, system administrators and similar people.

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This was examined for the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017

A total of five large areas were examined, which again have sub-items. For example there is an area Legal, So statutory. The three sub-items are here Cybercrime Legislation, Cybersecurity regulations, Cybersecurity training. To take apart and explain all areas in detail would go beyond the scope here. That's why I'm giving you a graphic with an overview of the individual measurement areas of the ITU Global cybersecurity agenda (GCA) (Source):

The categories of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) show the areas in which the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has awarded points

The categories of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) show the areas in which the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has awarded points - click to enlarge

What can Germany do better with regard to the GCI?

In Europe, Estonia ranks first as the safest country for information systems. If you look at the Western European countries, France is one step ahead. Germany on the overall rank of 24 is quite far behind. In order to increase further in the table, several measures would have to be initiated in this country and the individual values ​​of the measuring ranges would have to be strengthened.

Corresponding actions, specifications and formations for a higher ranking of Germany on the Global Cybersecurity Index would be, for example, the following:

  • Clear laws and guidelines / regulations for information systems
  • Trainings, courses and campaigns on the subject of cybersecurity
  • Institutions, strategies and their constant expansion at local, national and international level
  • Regional, national and governmental Cyber ​​Incident Response Teams (CIRT)
  • Better / clearer standards for organizations and companies
  • Cooperation with other nations and regions

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