The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to online services and remote work, increasing the importance of cybersecurity. Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine highlighted that cyberattacks are an integral part of modern warfare. Strengthening cyber resilience has become crucial for the sustainable growth and security of many countries.
Due to that is increased the need for a reliable tool to measure and build national cyber security capacity. The National Cyber Security Index (NCSI) is perceived as a competent and influential contributor in international cyber discussions while also guiding countries to explore cyber defence capabilities and building reliable information societies. Moreover, the NCSI serves as a tool for development aid projects that support the establishment of trustworthy digital societies in developing countries.
The NCSI assesses countries’ cybersecurity levels across 12 capacity areas grouped into strategic, preventive, and responsive pillars. It includes 49 indicators to evaluate performance, with new indicators covering leadership, international law, cloud services, incident reporting, and more. The index aids in comparing countries and identifying cybersecurity collaboration opportunities based on digital development and cybersecurity indicators.
The project builds upon previous initiatives, introducing an updated methodology for the National Cyber Security Index (NCSI). eGA experts will continue managing NCSI’s contact network, updating country profiles, developing the index website, and promoting the index among stakeholders.
The National Cyber Security Index (NCSI) has emerged from the projects “Shaping of Trusted Information Societies in Developing Countries” in 2016-2018, 2018-20201 and “Advancing Cybersecurity Capacities for Digital Transformation” in 2020-2022 funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.