Thailand has been ranked at 20th place in a new UN report on global cybersecurity.
The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) was carried out by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which assesses cyber security matters across all of the ITU’s 193 member states.
The study ranked each country on cybersecurity by looking at five key areas: legal, technical, organization, capacity building and cooperation.
Singapore was found to have a near perfect approach to cybersecurity, but for nearly every other country, gaps can be found in their online defences, the report said.
The report noted Singapore’s “long history of cybersecurity initiatives.”
In second place was the US, while Malaysia came in third spot. Other countries to feature in the top ten were Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada.
Thailand was in 20th place and grouped in the ‘maturing’ category described in the report as: “Maturing stage refers to the 77 countries (i.e., GCI score between the 50th and 89th percentile)
that have developed complex commitments, and engage in cybersecurity programmes and
Thailand was ranked ahead of India (25th), Germany (26th) and China (34th).
“There is still an evident gap between countries in terms of awareness, understanding, knowledge and finally capacity to deploy the proper strategies, capabilities and programmes,” the survey said.
“Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organizations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective,” the survey said.
“The degree of interconnectivity of networks implies that anything and everything can be exposed, and everything from national critical infrastructure to our basic human rights can be compromised.”
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