Jul 02, 2021 / 15:33

Vietnam ranks 25th in Global Cybersecurity Index 2020

The country will further invest in building an ecosystem of the “Make in Vietnam” information security products and a team of excellent experts to improve its cybersecurity capacity.

Vietnam has ranked 25th out of 194 territories and countries in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) in 2020, according to the latest report conducted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Vietnam ranks 25th in Global Cybersecurity Index 2020. Photo: VNPT 

Compared to the most recent assessment published in 2019, the country jumped 25 places, ranking 4th among 11 ASEAN countries as well as 7th in Asia-Pacific. 

Vietnam posted a score of 94.59 out of 100, with improvements in all five pillars. Among them, it achieved a perfect score in legal and cooperation measures. Its score in technical, organizational measures, and capacity development reached 16.31, 18.98, and 19.26 out of 20, respectively.

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General underlined with the above achievements of countries in Asia and ASEAN, Vietnam needs to make more efforts to maintain its ranking in the 25 leading countries on network safety and security as well as realizing the goal of becoming a powerhouse in cybersecurity.

According to the Vietnamese Authority of Information Security, gaining such improvement in the GCI ranking is difficult, but how to maintain it in the next 10 years will be even harder.

Vietnam is one of a few nations that has built a safe and secure domestic product ecosystem, allowing the country to be autonomous in technology and safety as well as security solutions.

The Ministry of Information and Communications will continue to invest in building a research and development center on cybersecurity as well as an ecosystem of the “Make in Vietnam” information security products. A team of excellent experts will be set up to improve its cybersecurity capacity.

GCI 2020, the index's fourth iteration, measures the cybersecurity commitments of 193 ITU member states and the State of Palestine. It aims to identify gaps, serve as a roadmap to guide national strategies, inform legal frameworks, build capacity, highlight good practices, strengthen international standards, and foster a culture of cybersecurity.

Amid interconnected commerce and communication, cybersecurity risks are increasingly borderless, with no single entity or stakeholder able to guarantee the security of the global cyber ecosystem, according to the ITU.