Based on a United Nations report, Bangladesh has climbed 25 spots to be ranked 53rd in the Global Cybersecurity Index 2020.
The International Telecommunication Union (IUT), a specialised agency of the UN, published the index on June 30 to measure the commitment of its member states to cybersecurity and targeting to prompt awareness.
In IUT’s previous edition, Bangladesh was ranked 78th.
The index has illustrated the overall improvement and bolstering of all 5 pillars of the cybersecurity agenda such as legal measures, technical measured, organisational measures, capacity development measures, and cooperation measures.
Bangladesh, in the index, which was based on the previous year’s data, scored 81.27 out of 100 points.
India took a big leap in the index of 37 places to be ranked 10th.
Bangladesh ranks 11th in the index for the Asia-Pacific region.
The US was ranked on the first spot, followed by the UK sharing the second spot with Saudi Arabia, Estonia was ranked third, South Korea, Singapore and Spain ranked fourth and Russia, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia shared the fifth spot.
“Several countries are outliers among least developed countries, such as Bangladesh, Benin, Rwanda, and Tanzania, which have demonstrated strong cybersecurity commitments,” said the report.
“Notably, these countries all reported having national cybersecurity industries, a key feature of capacity development measures,” it said.
“Our law and the effective responses from our law enforcement agencies contribute to this big leap in the GCI index,” Mustafa Jabbar, posts, telecommunication and information technology minister.