ABI Research is teaming with the ITU to advise governments on cyber security best practice, amid soaring online threats.
The duo plan to develop an index of nations’ security infrastructure and see how the sovereign states measure up to a benchmark established by assessing legal, technical, and organizational measures, along with capacity building, and cooperation. The ITU brings a potential 193 countries to the table, and ABI its analytical expertise.
Recent data shows cyber crime is on the increase. Mobile internet services provider NQ Mobile last month revealed mobile malware threats grew 165% in 2012, and a report from FireEye that businesses suffer a malware event once every three minutes.
In a related security announcement, smartcard firm Giesecke & Devrient this week launched a smartphone offering end-to-end encryption of voice data.
The government only HIGHSEC device runs a security app on “a particularly secure version of the Android operating system,” the firm claims prevents third parties tapping voice calls and SMSs. A PIN is used to access an integrated microSD card, which carries the keys for subscriber authentication, and encryption/decryption algorithms.