Melissa Hathaway

Chris Demchak, Jason Kerben, Jennifer McArdle, and Francesca Spidalieri

Click here for January 22 Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 Launch details.

 Today, no country is cyber ready.

Washington, D.C.—The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the “Cyber Readiness Index 2.0, A Plan for Cyber Readiness: A Baseline and an Index.” The Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 examines one hundred and twenty-five countries and evaluates their maturity and commitment to securing their cyber infrastructure and services. It uses over seventy unique data indicators across seven essential elements: national strategy, incident response, e-crime and law enforcement, information sharing, investments in research and development, diplomacy and trade, and defense and crisis response. By applying this actionable blueprint, a country can better understand its Internet-infrastructure dependencies and vulnerabilities and assess its preparedness to cyber risks.

Dozens of country examples are used to illustrate innovative and multicultural solutions towards becoming cyber ready. Lead author, Melissa Hathaway, stated, “The Cyber Readiness Index 1.0 was launched in Australia two years ago and has influenced many countries around the world. We hope the CRI 2.0 has even broader impact.”

Today, most nations recognize what fast, reliable, and affordable communication systems and Internet-facing services can yield for economic growth. But few consider the exposure and costs of less resilient critical services, theft of corporate proprietary data and state secrets, and the impact of e-fraud and e-crime -- all of which lead to economic and national security instability. Put simply, a country's cyber insecurity is a tax on growth; and resilient, connected societies must drive modernization with security at its core.

No country is currently cyber ready. The CRI 2.0's comprehensive, experiential methodology can help national leaders chart a path towards a safer, more resilient economy in a deeply cybered, competitive, and conflict-prone world. It provides a blueprint to assess the gap between a country's current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support its digital future.

Access the Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 methodology here.

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