Cyber Readiness Index Country Profiles

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Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “United States Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the first of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This first report provides an extensive analysis of the United States’ cyber security-related efforts and capabilities.

The Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 (CRI 2.0) shows that few countries have aligned their digital agenda with their cyber 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 assess 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 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.

As Melissa Hathaway, CRI leading author, explains: “the United States, like many other countries around the world, has yet to align its economic vision with its national security imperatives …”

According to the CRI 2.0 assessment, the United States is on a path to becoming cyber ready, and is currently partially operational in most of the seven CRI essential elements. As the United States continues to develop and update its economic (digital agenda) and national cyber security strategies, policies, and initiatives to reflect a more balanced approach that aligns its national economic visions with its national security priorities, updates to this country profile will reflect those changes and monitor, track, and evaluate substantive and notable improvements.

The CRI 2.0 methodology is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, and is currently being applied to 125 countries. The CRI country profiles of Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom are forthcoming.

Ms. Hathaway is a PIPS Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Regents. She led cybersecurity initiatives for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama until August 2009, when she left to establish Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC. The CRI team additionally includes Chris Demchak, Jason Kerben, Jennifer McArdle, and Francesca Spidalieri.

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Japan Cyber Readiness at a Glance

   Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “Japan Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the second of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of Japan’s cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and follows a similar report on the United States' commitment and maturity to closing the gap between its current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support its digital future.

 

 

 

 

 

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France Cyber Readiness at a Glance

Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “France Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the third of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of France's cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and follows similar reports of other G7 countries evaluating their commitment and maturity to closing the gap between their current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support their digital future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Germany Cyber Readiness at a Glance

Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “Germany Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the fourth of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of Germany's cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and follows similar reports of other G7 countries evaluating their commitment and maturity to closing the gap between their current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support their digital future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United Kingdom Cyber Readiness at a Glance

Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “United Kingdom Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the fifth of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of the United Kingdom's cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and follows similar reports of other G7 countries evaluating their commitment and maturity to closing the gap between their current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support their digital future.

 

 

 

 

 

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Italy Cyber Readiness at a Glance

Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “Italy Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the sixth of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of Italian cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and follows similar reports of other G7 countries evaluating their commitment and maturity to closing the gap between their current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support their digital future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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India Cyber Readiness at a Glance

 Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the “India Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the seventh of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of Indian cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and evaluates the country's commitment and maturity to closing the gap between its current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support its digital future.

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington, D.C. / The Hague – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) and the Dutch Government are pleased to announce the release of “The Netherlands Cyber Readiness at a Glance,” the latest study in a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides the most in-depth analysis to date of the Netherlands’ current cyber security posture and its efforts to strengthen the country’s security and resilience in the face of emerging ICT threats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington, D.C. – The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) is pleased to announce the release of the "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Cyber Readiness at a Glance," the ninth of a series of country reports assessing national-level preparedness for cyber risks based on the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) 2.0 methodology. This report provides an extensive analysis of Saudi Arabia's cyber security-related efforts and capabilities, and evaluates the country's commitment and maturity to closing the gap between its current cyber security posture and the national cyber capabilities needed to support its digital future.

This profile has now been translated into Arabic. Click here to download the Arabic translation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cyber Readiness Team

Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cyber security. She served in two US presidential administrations, spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) for President George W. Bush. Today, she is a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Re-gents at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. She is also a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada, a non-resident Research Fellow at the Kos-ciuszko Institute in Poland, and she is President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, her own consultancy. Melissa developed a unique methodology for evaluating and measuring national levels of preparedness for certain cyber security risks, known as the Cyber Readiness Index (CRI). The CRI methodology is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, and is being applied to 125 countries. The CRI country profiles of France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States can be found at the following link: http://www.potomacinstitute.org/academic-centers/cyber-readiness-index.  

Having served on the board of directors for two public companies and three non-profit organizations, and as a strategic advisor to a number of public and private companies, Melissa brings a unique combination of policy and technical expertise, as well as board room experience to help others better understand the intersection of government policy, devel-oping technological and industry trends, and economic drivers that impact acquisition and business development strategy in this field. She publishes regularly on cyber security matters affecting companies and countries. Most of her articles can be found at the following website: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/2132/melissa_hathaway.html

Publications:

July 25, 2014

"Taking Control of Our Cyber Future"

Journal Article, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

By Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age and John Stewart

In our current state of cybersecurity, breach, crime, disruption, and destruction are growing in unacceptable ways. Key indicators suggest that we are not making enough progress and in fact, are possibly going backwards. This paper proposed four actions to start taking right now.


June 11, 2014

Cybersecurity: Are You Winning or Losing?

Media Feature

By Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

Melissa Hathaway gave an overview of the latest developments in cybersecurity from a US and then global perspective—and discussed what is at stake for companies and nations at a Centre for International Governance Innovation Policy Forum.

 

February 2014

"Advanced Research Workshop Findings"

Book Chapter

By Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

This chapter informs NATO cyber defense policy and presents operators and decision-makers with genuine tools and expert advice for computer network defense, incident detection, and incident response.

 

February 2014

Best Practices in Computer Network Defense: Incident Detection and Response

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By Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

The cyber security of vital infrastructure and services has become a major concern for countries worldwide. The members of NATO are no exception, and they share a responsibility to help the global community to strengthen its cyber defenses against malicious cyber activity. This book presents 10 papers and 21 specific findings from the NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) "Best Practices in Computer Network Defense (CND): Incident Detection and Response", held in Geneva, Switzerland, in September 2013.

 

Francesca Spidalieri is the co-principal investigator on the Cyber Readiness Index Project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. She also serves as the Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center, at Salve Regina University, as a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute, and as 2017 Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellow at New America and at the Global Public Policy Institute. Her academic research and publications focus on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cyber education, and cyber security workforce develop-ment. In 2015, she published a report, entitled State of the States on Cybersecurity, that applies the Cyber Readiness Index 1.0 at the US state level. All her additional studies and academic articles can be found at the following link: http://pellcenter.org/cyber-leadership/

Publications:

"State of the States on Cyber Security,"

"One Leader at a Time: The Failure to Educate Future Leaders for an Age of Persistent Cyber Threat,"

"Joint Professional Military Education Institutions in an Age of Cyber Threat,"

Professionalization of Cybersecurity: A Path to Universal Standards and Status,”

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“Action Line C5 (Building Confidence and Security in the Use of ICTs) – National Cybersecurity Strategies for Sustainable Development”

Event Synopsis: Building and ensuring trust in cyberspace is top of mind for global leaders, and reinforcing collaboration among the various stakeholders is key to achieving all of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in September 2015. In particular, universal and affordable access to ICTs was recognized as pivotal for bringing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda forward. Increased ICT uptake and Internet connectivity, however, is not sufficient, let alone sustainable, if the underlying infrastructure and the devices connected to it are not safe and secure.

The WSIS Outcome Review Process, which culminated in the adoption of the “Outcome document of the High-Level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society” in December 2015, reiterated the importance of Building Confidence and Security in the use of ICTs. It further recognized the challenges that countries, in particular developing countries, face in building confidence and security and called for renewed focus in capacity building and awareness raising among users of ICTs, particularly among the poorest and most vulnerable.

This session brought together various stakeholders to discuss how comprehensive national cybersecurity strategies at an early connectivity stage are an essential first step for a successful transition to a safe and sustainable digital ecosystem, and what the role of the different players within a country should and can be in that process.

Formal remarks as given by Melissa Hathaway, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

 

 

 

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