eGA started cyber security assessments of eight countries based on NCSI methodology

11.12.2020

The e-Governance Academy’s cybersecurity experts launched in-depth cyber security maturity assessments of Georgia, Jamaica, Kenya, Moldova, Namibia, Rwanda, South African Republic and Tanzania. The assessments will be based on the National Cyber Security Index methodology with the goal to assist government organisations to improve the national cybersecurity of their countries. 

The e-Governance Academy’s (eGA) cyber security experts will conduct cyber security maturity assessments under the auspices of the Estonian Development Cooperation support project „Advancing cyber security capacities for digital transformation” that lasts until September 2022. The countries to be assessed in the first round were selected in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

„Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the need for sustainable national cyber security development is more relevant than ever. Governments need to protect their national cyber space to enable safe digital transformation. Our aim is to help governments to identify strengths, as well as gaps in their cybersecurity policies. The goal of this undertaking is to improve resilience against cyber incidents and attacks. We also support the set-up and implementation of capacity building programmes,“ said Epp Maaten, the Programme Director of Cyber Security at eGA.

„The cyber security maturity assessments are based on the NCSI methodology, which provides an opportunity for countries to identify areas of cyber security in need of improvement and to get inspired on the practices of other countries thanks to the availability of best practices. For example, Finland, Georgia and Belgium have used the NCSI index as a benchmark to validate their activities and to develop their national cyber security,” Epp Maaten explained.

The National Cyber Security Index measures countries’ preparedness to prevent cyber incidents and fight cyber threats on national level in 160 countries. In addition, the NCSI’s webpage offers an opportunity to study and verify sources on which the assessment is based. On the NCSI’s webpage, every country has a set of links providing detailed evidence for various described indicators, along with a transparent score. Thus, the NCSI is a tool for cybersecurity capacity building, as well as a database with publicly available evidence.

The National Cyber Security Index was created and has been managed by e-Governance Academy since 2016, with support of the Estonian Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The NCSI vision is to develop a comprehensive tool for measuring cyber security, which provides accurate and up-to-date public information about national cyber security.

The NCSI can be consulted at ncsi.ega.ee.