The Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) team at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) has joined the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) as an official partner. The GFCE is a pragmatic action-oriented global platform for countries, international organization, NGOs, and companies to share successful policies, best practices, and ideas to strengthen global cyber capacity building and to multiply these initiatives on a global level.

“We are very honored to join this important initiative and we are excited about contributing our expertise and voice to help build cybersecurity capacity around the world”, said Melissa Hathaway, Principal Investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index project and PIPS Senior Fellow.

The Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 shows that few countries have aligned their national economic vision (digital agenda) with their national security agenda, and seeks to incentivize this alignment by bringing attention to each country's Internet-infrastructure dependencies and vulnerabilities, and the national economic erosion caused by cyber insecurity. The CRI 2.0 builds on the Cyber Readiness Index 1.0 and provides a comprehensive, comparative, experience-based methodology to evaluate countries' commitment and maturity to closing the gap between their current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support their digital future.

The CRI 2.0 methodology is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, and is currently being applied to 125 countries. The resulting country reports are based on over seventy unique indicators across seven essential elements to discern operationally ready activities and identify areas for improvement in the following categories: national strategy, incident response, e-crime and law enforcement, information sharing, investment in research and development (R&D), diplomacy and trade, and defense and crisis response.

The CRI country profiles of France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United States can be found at the following link:http://www.potomacinstitute.org/academic-centers/cyber-readiness-index.

Learn more about the GFCE at their website: https://www.thegfce.com.

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