Armenia ranks 111th among 165 nations in cyber-security index

Armenia is ranked only 111th out of 165 nations in a global index that measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber-security.
The Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 (GCI-2017) is published by ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology.
The report covers several key areas: 1.Legal: Measured based on the existence of legal institutions and frameworks dealing with cybersecurity and cybercrime. 2. Technical: Measured based on the existence of technical institutions and frameworks dealing with cybersecurity. 3. Organizational: Measured based on the existence of policy coordination institutions and strategies for cybersecurity development at the national level. 4. Capacity Building: Measured based on the existence of research and development, education and training programmes; certified professionals and public sector agencies fostering capacity building. 5. Cooperation: Measured based on the existence of partnerships, cooperative frameworks and information sharing networks.
Given all the hype about Armenia’s booming IT industry, as well as constant threats from Azerbaijani hackers, one would expect the country to score better.
And by the way, neighboring Georgia has the global rank of 8(!), while Azerbaijan is 48th.
Neither Armenia, nor Azerbaijan have earned a special mention in the report, apart from featuring in the indexes. But here’s what we read about Georgia:

Georgia is top ranked in the CIS. After large-scale cyber-attacks on the country in 2008, the government has strongly supported protection of the country’s information systems. The Information Security Law established a Cyber Security Bureau with a particular emphasis on protecting critical information systems in the military sphere.

Source: GCI 2017 Report

Am I jealous? You bet I am… should I be? Well, since I administer over a dozen of websites, cyber security is not a simple matter of being jealous, this is something I deal with every day, so I’m also deeply concerned.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant