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UN agency launches study to assess status of cybersecurity worldwide

The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has launched a new initiative to measure the levels of cybersecurity in countries around the world, underlining the agency’s commitment to building Internet safety capacity at the national level, particularly in developing countries.

The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) will be spearheaded by ITU and ABI Research with the long-term aim to drive further efforts in the integration of cybersecurity on a global scale and bridging gaps worldwide. It will allow for a comparison of different national cybersecurity strategies and best practices to be highlighted in specific areas.

Based on questionnaire responses received by ITU member States, a first analysis of cybersecurity development in the Arab region has been compiled and one for the Africa region is under way. The objective is to release a global status of cybersecurity for 2014.

•Date: 8th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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