The U.S. and U.K. are leading the ranks for their ability to withstand cyber attacks, Booz Allen Hamilton reported Friday.
Booz Allen sponsored a study developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which assessed 19 of the world’s leading economies. The company reported the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany and Canada are “leading the way into the digital era.”
The study measures the success of digital adoption, cybersecurity and the degree to which economic environment promotes cyber power.
Booz Allen indicated that the study aims to assist governments and businesses remain competitive in the cyber environment.
Countries were assessed in categories including legal and regulatory environment, technology infrastructure, industry application and economic and social context.
Booz Allen’s Vice Chairman Mike McConnell explained in the release that “while cyber is a domain, a nation’s capabilities must be measured by more than their military might alone.”
The countries able to master the uses and security requirements of emerging technologies and societal shifts brought on by the cyber revolution will emerge as the cyber powers and the winners of the 21st century,” he added.
The study found that cyber power relies on a solid foundation including technical skills. The U.S. has the best economy and social context to foster cyber power, according to the report.