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Ability of G20 Nations to withstand cyber attacks benchmarked

A new benchmarking study has found that the United Kingdom and the United States lead the rest of the G20 countries in their ability to withstand cyber attacks and to deploy the digital infrastructure necessary for a productive and secure economy. The index also found that several major economies — Argentina, Indonesia, Russia and Saudi Arabia — do not have cyber security plans and do not appear to be developing them. The Cyber

Power Index, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, measures both the success of digital adoption and cyber security, and the degree to which the economic and regulatory environment in G20 nations promote national cyber power.

The Index allows visitors to compare the cyber power rankings of the G20 countries on a scale of 0-100. Each country's ranking is a weighted mean of scores from four categories: Legal and Regulatory Environment; Economic and Social Context; Technology Infrastructure; and Industry Application. Each category features at least four underlying indicators, many of which are composed of sub-indicators. The European Union, the newest member of the G20, was not included in the study.

The leading emerging market countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRICs), have some room for improvement; out of the 19 economies, they rank 10th, 14th, 17th, and 13th, respectively. There is also a wide discrepancy between the top and the bottom of the index. The UK, the top performer, scores around three times the amount of points on a scale of 0 to 100 as the worst performer, Saudi Arabia.


•Date: 17th January 2012 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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