UN study prompts India to rank 10 from rank 47. China and Pakistan lag at rank 33 and 79 respectively.
The Global Cyber Security Index
As per a study by the United Nations, India is now ranked at No. 10 on the Global Cyber Security Index, up from No. 47 in 2019. The very index puts China at No. 33 and Pakistan at No. 79.
Addressing the UN Security Council on International Peace and Cyber Security, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said digital passages amongst nations form an unsustainable environment in the cyber domain.
He also said that growing digital dependence in the post-COVID period has revealed digital differences which must be connected through a potential building.
The foreign secretary further called on UNSC member states to tackle the implications of terrorist exploitation of the cyber domain more strategically.
“There’s an involved use of cyberspace by terrorists to expand their propaganda and encourage hatred. As a victim of terrorism, India has always stressed the need for the Member States to seize indications of terrorist exploitation of cyber field more strategically,” he said.
The UNSC operated its first formal public meeting on cybersecurity, discussing the growing threat of cyber hacks to countries’ key infrastructure, an issue that US President Joe Biden recently raised with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.