UN finds cybersecurity is a struggle worldwide

There are massive gaps in security among the 134 countries surveyed, including the world’s most powerful nations.

The whole world could use a cybersecurity upgrade.

As cyberattacks grow more sophisticated and capable of knocking down power grids, locking up hospitals and robbing companies, online security has become a major concern for national defense. But a United Nations survey released Wednesday shows major gaps in the security among the world’s most powerful countries.

The Global Cybersecurity Index (PDF) takes a look at defense capabilities in 134 countries, focusing on five factors: technical, organizational, legal, cooperation and growth potential. The index ranked countries in several ways, including those “most committed” to cybersecurity.

Singapore took the top rating for “most committed,” edging out the United States, which came in No. 2. While the US beat Singapore on legal, organizational and growth potential factors, Singapore scored higher for cooperation.

Other nations rounding out the top 10 in cybersecurity commitment are Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France, Canada and Russia, respectively. Georgia and France tied for No. 8.

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