The Cyber Index is intended to serve as a “snapshot” of current cybersecurity activities at the national, regional, and international levels, to help policymakers and diplomats understand the complexity of the arena. In addition, the Index seeks to elucidate some approaches towards mitigating the risks of misperceptions in the cyber domain that threaten to elevate international tensions or perhaps even lead to conflict. The subject matter is multifaceted, highly complicated, and controversial—thus no one study could adequately cover all aspects in depth. Nonetheless, the Cyber Index will help to underpin ongoing discussions and debates by providing facts and fact-based analysis of today’s challenges and opportunities regarding international stability and security in the cyber domain.

Citation: Security and Technology Programme (2013). "The Cyber Index: International Security Trends and Realities", UNIDIR, Geneva.