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India jumps 37 places to rank 10 in Global Cyber Security Index.

New York: India has jumped up 37 places to be ranked 10th in Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020, as per a report released by the United Nations on Tuesday.

The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) is a composite index created, analysed, and published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN specialised agency, to assess the commitment of its 194 member states to cybersecurity and improve cybersecurity awareness.

The ITU's current report is the fourth edition of the GCI, which was initially published six years ago.

"In a significant leap, India jumps 37 places to 10th in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020, issued by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and  fourth in Asia-Pacific, demonstrating India's success and dedication to cybersecurity," India's UN representative said in a tweet.

According to an official statement, the GCI assesses countries' commitment to cybersecurity on a worldwide scale in order to raise awareness of the issue's relevance and various dimensions.

The GCI, according to an official statement, assesses countries' commitment to cybersecurity on a worldwide scale in order to increase awareness of the issue's relevance and various elements.

As cybersecurity has such a broad field of application, spanning many industries and sectors, each country's level of development or engagement is assessed along five pillars - I Legal Measures, (ii) Technical Measures, (iii) Organizational Measures, (iv) Capacity Development, and (v) Cooperation - and then summed up to produce an overall score, according to the release.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla used video conferencing to address the UN Security Council's High-Level Open Debate on Cyber Security this evening.

"Digital divides between states create an unsustainable environment in the cyber world. Growing reliance on digital in the post-COVID age has revealed digital inequities. It must be bridged through the development of capability "At the UNSC debate, Shringla said.

The Foreign Secretary said  "Terrorists are making sophisticated use of cyberspace to spread their propaganda and stir hatred. As a victim of terrorism, India has long highlighted the necessity for Member States to address the strategic implications of terrorist cyber-exploitation."

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