Oman is the world’s fourth most cyber secure country, according to the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017. The index measures the commitment of 193 member states of the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union, measuring each country’s:
- Legal frameworks;
- Technical institutions;
- Organisational policies and strategies;
- Research, development and training programmes; and
- Cooperative frameworks.
Oman’s score (0.87) trails only Singapore (0.92), the US (0.91) and Malaysia (0.89).
The study highlights the Oman eGovernance Framework: a set of standards, best practices and process management systems designed to enhance the delivery of government services. According to the Omani government:
“The framework spells [out] the rules and procedures that ensure that Government IT projects and systems are sustainable and in compl[iance] with [the Information Technology Authority] ITA’s strategies and objectives. It provides assurance about the value of IT projects and framework for the management of IT-related risks. It helps in putting controls to minimize risks and better delivery of IT initiatives.”
The rest of the Gulf Cooporation Council (GCC) didn’t fare so well. Qatar (25th) was the only other country in the top 25, followed by:
- Saudi Arabia (40th);
- United Arab Emirates (47th);
- Bahrain (65th); and
- Kuwait (139th).
The importance of security frameworks
Oman’s success shows how important it is to have a well-considered cyber security framework in place. This gives organisations a baseline to aim for and makes sure that everyone follows consistent practices.
ISO 27001 is one of the most widely used cyber security standards, describing best practice for an information security management system (ISMS). An ISMS is a system of processes, documents, technology and people that helps organisations manage, monitor, audit and improve their information security.
Organisations of all sizes use the Standard to assure boards, customers, stakeholders and staff that they are secure. IT Governance is a global authority on ISO 27001. Our management team led the world’s first ISO 27001 certification, and since then we’ve helped more than 400 organisations achieve and maintain ISO 27001 certification.
For advice on implementing the Standard, take a look at Cyber Security & ISO 27001. This free green paper explains:
- Why cyber security is more than a technological issue;
- How cyber criminals target your website and what they can do with your information;
- Why small businesses are more vulnerable to an attack than larger ones; and
- How ISO 27001 certification can stop you missing out on business and help you comply with international regulations and laws.