Cybersecurity Index! Whom to believe?

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CEI vs CRI: Cybersecurity Exposure Index 2020 says Scandinavian countries and U.S. citizens are best protected against cybercrimes, The Cyber Risk Index (CRI) says U.S., Denmark, Sweden citizens are worst protected

This is one battle of Indexes that has left me confused. We had written about the Cybersecurity Exposure Index (CEI) by PasswordManagers.co lists the countries the way they are exposed to cybersecurity and cybercrimes. PasswordManagers.co has been issuing this Index every year in collaboration with Microsoft and the International Telecommunication Union and lists the countries most and least exposed to cybercrime. The CEI lists Scandinavian countries, the U.S., and the European countries as best countries offering cyber protection to its citizens. In fact, the CEI notes that the poor and underdeveloped the country is, the more vulnerable it is to the cyber attacks.

Now the world’s leading VPN services provider, NordVPN has come out with its own Cyber Risk Index (CRI) which incidentally gives a totally opposite view to that of CEI. The CRI says that countries like Sweden, Norway, the United States, etc. are the most vulnerable countries to cyber attacks.  Here is a list of most vulnerable countries according to the NordVPN’s Cyber Risk Index:

No.CountryCRI
1.
isIceland
0.839
2.
seSweden
0.809
3.
aeUnited Arab Emirates
0.774
4.
noNorway
0.729
5.
usUnited States
0.713
6.
sgSingapore
0.670
7.
ieIreland
0.664
8.
nzNew Zealand
0.660
9.
dkDenmark
0.657
10.
gbUnited Kingdom
0.647

Though both the Indexes differ in the way they calculate the cyber risks of the countries involved, the end result should have had some kind of equality. The CEI this about its quantifying mechanism:

From endpoint attacks that are designed to gain unauthorized access, steal data, and extort money by blocking access to files or computer systems, to cloud attacks that are designed to compromise and weaponize virtual machines, cybercrime can take many forms. So, to reveal the countries that are the most and least exposed to cybercrime, we’ve compiled data of five of the most significant types of end-point and cloud cyberattacks alongside the level of commitment to cybersecurity across 108 countries.

While NordVPN says this about its mechanism

We partnered up with Statista — the world’s leading business data provider — which collected data from 50 countries comprising 70% of the world population. We evaluated the data’s potential positive or negative impact on cyber risk and calculated the correlation between the first three data sets (socio-economic, digital, cyber) and the fourth one (crime). We trimmed everything down to the 14 most significant factors and used them to create the Cyber Risk Index.

The most important point about diverse results is that NordVPN’s study finds developed countries — especially in Northern Europe and North America — were in the highest cyber risk bracket while the CEI finds most underdeveloped countries like Afganistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Palestine, and Venezuela more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

The question that whom should you and I believe? The Indians have made it to the best of the two worlds. The CEI ranks India at 55 and says Indians are a mid-risk level while the CRI ranks it at 50 and counts it among the ten least vulnerable countries. What is your opinion about these two indexes? Kindly write your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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