DHAKA-Bangladesh has been ranked 73 out of 100 nations in the global cyber security index measured by the UK-based National Cyber Security Index (NCSI).The NCSI ranks the countries after measuring their preparedness to prevent realization of fundamental cyber threats and readiness to manage cyber incidents, crimes and large-scale cyber crises.
The NCSI website (link: http://ncsi.ega.ee/ncsi-index/) published the ranking of 100 countries showing that France has topped the index with a score of 83.12 and Germany and Estonia ranked 2nd and 3rd securing score 83.12 and 81.82 respectively.
Bangladesh is ahead of some South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal and Bhutan in ranking securing score 25.97. Sri Lanka has been ranked 77 with a score of 23.38 and Indonesia, Nepal and Bhutan have been ranked 83, 92 and 93 respectively securing score 19.48, 12.99 and 12.99.
NCSI evaluated Bangladesh’s cyber security platform BGD e-Gov CIRT implemented by Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council under ICT Division and incorporated Bangladesh in the list of global cyber security index.
LICT Project Director Md Rezaul Karim said Bangladesh has already achieved response capability of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) to mitigate the targeted cyber-attacks through a cyber-drill conducted by Organization of Islamic Cooperation-Computer Emergency Response Teams (OIC-CIRT).
Deputy Project Director of LICT Project Tarique M Barkatullah said the NCSI was developed based on identification of evolving cyber threats, identification of cyber security measures and capacities, selection of important and measurable aspects including legal acts, regulations, policies, exercises, technologies, websites and programmes.
The BGD e-Gov CIRT has an expert team to mitigate cyber threats and cybercrimes and the members of the team have achieved global certifications such as Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Chartered Information Security Manager (CISM), Software Quality Tester (SQT) and Access Data Certified Forensic Expert (ADCFE), he said.
Tarique said the BGD e-Gov CIRT has already built capacity and proved its efficiency to face cyber threats and mitigate cybercrimes that have become a global concern.BSS