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Astana, Kazakhstan • 01 September, 2023 | 12:18

Kazakhstan Ranks 78th in National Cyber Security Index

The country showed the best result in the protection of personal data and the worst in military cyber operations and the protection of digital services

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The 2022 National Cyber Security Index, which measures the readiness of national governments to prevent cyber threats and manage cyber incidents globally, ranked Kazakhstan 78th out of 176 countries, with a security index of 48.05% and digital development at 60.18%, QazMonitor reports.

The report evaluates countries based on three main categories – the Global Cybersecurity Index, the ICT Development Index, and Network Readiness. These categories are further divided into twelve subcategories.

Kazakhstan achieved the following indicators:

  • protection of personal data – 100%

  • e-Identification and trust services – 89%

  • education and professional development – 89%

  • cyber threat analysis and information – 60%

  • cyber security policy development – 57%

  • cyber incident response – 50%

  • fight against cybercrime – 44%

  • cyber crisis management – 20%

  • contribution to global cybersecurity – 17%

  • protection of essential services – 17%

  • military cyber operations – 0%

  • protection of digital services – 0%

Belgium, Lithuania, and Estonia secured the top three spots in the National Cyber Security Index, while Kazakhstan's neighbors Russia and China scored 71.43% and 51.95%, respectively. The Kyrgyz Republic scored 37.66%, and Uzbekistan scored 36.36%.

According to the Bureau of National Statistics, cybersecurity service volume in Kazakhstan reached ₸2.9 billion in Q1 of 2023, marking a 41% increase y/y.

Small companies provided the most services, totaling ₸1.6 billion, reflecting a 45.7% year-over-year increase. Large companies provided services worth ₸1.3 billion, a 35.8% increase from the previous year, while medium-sized companies contributed ₸482,400. Private companies accounted for ₸1.6 billion in services, and state companies for ₸1.3 billion.

In terms of regions, companies in Astana provided the largest number of cybersecurity services totaling ₸1.4 billion, an increase of 40.8% compared to the previous year's ₸989.8 million. Almaty ranked second with ₸1.1 billion, showing a growth of 17.5%. The Karagandy region followed with ₸94.4 million, a significant increase from the previous year's 7 million tenge. The Turkistan region had the lowest figure at ₸126,500.

The Abay, Akmola, Almaty, West Kazakhstan, and Ulytau regions did not provide any services in the sector.

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