Kazakhstan entered the top 50 countries in the global ranking of cyber readiness
And here is the positive news! It was this statement that was made on December 14, 2018 by the Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry Mr. B. Atamkulov during the awards ceremony. It should be noted that the International Telecommunication Union officially, so far, did not publish the results of the index, perhaps the statement is based on preliminary calculations of indicators available to the ministry. According to our forecasts, we had to enter the top 30 countries. We must wait for the official release, and then we will definitely understand the real situation, but for now all this is preliminary forecasts taking into account the work done and the experience of previous reports. Up to this point, our country was in 83 place.
If you look back for two years, it is exactly that time that has passed since the message of the President and the first mention of the Cybershield of Kazakhstan. It can be understood that the minister’s assessment is more than justified, even cautious, and entry into the TOP-50 countries by international rating is fair, given the work done.
Kazakhstan managed in a short time to mobilize all the forces and resources to achieve the desired result. Abroad, we often boast that Kazakhstan has done more in two years than other countries have done in a decade. Here, of course, it is important to modestly note the role of the TSARKA, because we insisted on the inclusion of the estimated indicator in the form of an international rating and the goal to enter the TOP-10 safe countries. We did this intentionally, knowing the specifics of the rating, which includes about 70 indicators that must meet international requirements.
During this time, such documents as the Cybershield of Kazakhstan Concept, the Implementation Plan were developed, changes were made to a number of normative legal acts, determined by the Government Decree List of Critical Infrastructure Objects and safety requirements for them were determined, the penalties on Government Decree List of Critical Infrastructure Objects were tightened, measures and responsibility of telecom operators, the licensing area has been expanded, MDAI using our product WebTotem monitors Kaznet for various cyber threats and much more. Even taking into account what has been done, there is still a lot of work and the TSARKA will do everything for the development of the information security industry in Kazakhstan.
Recently, at the official meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Askar Zhumagaliyev acknowledged that information security is a separate industry and even began to argue publicly with opponents of such a position, which is not our progress.