In the recently released 2020 Global Cyber Security Index, Saudi Arabia secured the 2nd spot along with the United Kingdom (UK). This index has been published by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Further, the United States has bagged the top spot in this index with a perfect score of 100.
It is worth noting that the UAE at 5th spot was another country to feature in the top 5 ranked countries in the index. The index is prepared through a well-elaborated process. A panel of experts decides a set of 82 questions to be answered by the representatives of ITU members.
For members who decide not to participate in this Q&A, the index score is prepared through desk research. ITU members are then ranked on a 100 point scale. Each ITU member is assigned a score and then the ranks are decided based on this score.
Performance of Middle Eastern Countries
The scores and ranks of major Middle Eastern countries in this index were as following:
- Saudi Arabia gained the 2nd rank with a score of 99.54
- UAE ranked 5th with a score of 98.06
- Oman scored 96.04 and stood at 21st rank
- Qatar is ranked 27th with a score of 94.5
- Baharain was 60th in this index with a score of 77.86
- Kuwait featured at 65th position with a score of 75.07
In general, it has been seen that the countries in the Middle East region are putting all their efforts to improve cyber security. From enhancing cyber security awareness to bringing in the latest cyber security technology to guard against a variety of cyber threats, organizations in the Middle East are leaving no stone unturned.
These are necessary steps keeping in view the overall rise in cyber incidents targeting major organizations of the world. In recent times, Al Jazeera has been attacked with continuous cyber attacks. As these cyber attacks have become more intense and frequent, there’s a need for proactivity on the cyber defense front.
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