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Estonia ranks 5th in world in cyber security

BC, Tallinn, 16.06.2017.Print version
According to the recent Global Cybersecurity Index of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Estonia ranks fifth in the world and first in Europe, reports LETA/BNS.

According to data published at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva, only Singapore, the U.S., Malaysia and Oman ranked higher than Estonia, spokespeople for the e-Governance Academy said. Of Estonia's neighbors, Latvia ranked 21st and Lithuania 57th, while Nordic countries Norway, Finland and Sweden ranked respectively 11th, 16th and 17th. The ranking includes 195 countries.

According to Rauk Rikk, a cyber security expert at the e-Governance Academy, the index's methodology is basically the same as what has been used since 2014. The index is based on five categories: legal measures, technical measures, organizational measures, capacity building and cooperation. This year's ranking includes 25 indicators instead of the 17 previously used.

According to Rikk, one negative aspect is that when compiling the index no proof is presented, therefore it is not possible to know if the answers are true or not. In addition, the information was collected from January to September 2016 and as a result the situation of many countries has changed by now.

The Estonian e-Governance Academy is trying to solve such shortcomings with its National Cyber Security Index which shows the situation of countries through 12 main indicators and 60 subindicators. Every positive answer will also present relevant evidence. The index can be seen at and is constantly being updated.

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