ITU calls for global collaboration on cybersecurity

SECURITY

|
Image: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré . By ITU
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré

The ITU has called for greater international co-operation between governments and the ICT industry to tackle the global nature of today’s cybersecurity threats.

ITU said in a statement that the recent discovery of the highly complex Flame malware by Kaspersky Lab reinforces the need for a co-ordinated response. Flame was discovered by Kaspersky Lab experts following a technical analysis requested by the ITU into an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive information.

ITU said: “International co-operation is a key element of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). ITU is fully engaging its member states and all the world's players in its activities, collaborating closely with its partners to identify current challenges, consider emerging and future threats, and propose global strategies to meet the goals of the GCA. A core element of GCA is the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), an international public-private initiative - whose membership comprises of 142 countries - dedicated to enhancing the global community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyberthreats.”

Commenting on the urgent need for global collaboration, ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré said, “Flame is a prime example of why governments and industry must work together to tackle cybersecurity at the global level. Early warning of new threats is vital and it is critical that best practice on required corrective steps is shared in order to best protect the global information society. This is the value in building a global coalition”.

Cybersecurity will be a major agenda theme at ITU Telecom World 2012 (Dubai, 14-18 October 2012), supported by key partners, one of whom is Kaspersky Lab. This agenda will explore issues such as mitigating risks posed by major coordinated cyber-attacks at the national level, the threats posed by malware such as Flame, and strengthening international cooperation.

Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky will deliver a Visionary Keynote speech at the event, outlining the magnitude and global nature of cyberthreats today.

Kaspersky notes: “As recent events have only served to underline, Cybersecurity is a key global concern facing us all, and it is crucial that we use the international platform provided by such a top-level event as ITU Telecom World 2012 to conduct the full and proper discussions needed to best tackle this issue.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE SECURITY NEWS

Cisco report predicts next generation of ransomware

Mike Weston, Vice President, Cisco Middle East Cisco’s 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts the next generation of ransomware and new tactics emerging to maximise profit.  Read More

Arbor Networks releases global DDoS attack data for first half of 2016

Arbor Networks Inc., the security division of NETSCOUT, has released global distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack data for the first six months of 2016, which shows a continuing escalation in both the size and frequency of attacks.  Read More

F5 introduces standalone security products to defend against targeted attacks

F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender provides superior infrastructure protection by combining multilayered DDoS defence across network, session, and application layers. Read More

Ethical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a job

Botswana ethical hacking students report that they are failing to break into the local job market.  Read More

Pokémon GO: Sophos warns against malicious copycats

Researchers at IT security company Sophos have warned mobile users to be cautious when downloading augmented reality (AR) mobile games. Read More

New PCI multifactor authentication rules: Is it too late?

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited The PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Council has extended its requirements for multi-factor authentication to anyone who has access to credit card data.   Read More

Web apps, a leading cause of security breaches

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited Web applications are the leading cause of security incidents for financial services, according to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report; this is up from 31 percent from last year’s report.  Read More

Analyst firm Ovum publishes SWOT analysis of Arbor Networks Spectrum v2.1

Arbor Networks has announced that leading global telecoms analyst firm, Ovum, had published a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of version 2.1 of Arbor Networks Spectrum. Read More

New RSA Via solution innovations strengthen identity assurance and governance

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has announced new, innovative identity assurance and identity governance capabilities in RSA Via, designed to help organisations effectively balance security and user convenience as they assure identities and better govern and manage privileged access.  Read More

Study affirms the DDoS challenge

The threat of DDoS is becoming ever more ubiquitous and attackers continue to ramp up in both scale and frequency. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

First-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludesFirst-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludes

Ten fintech companies have concluded the first-ever Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Africa.

 

IN DEPTH

Ethical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a jobEthical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a job

Botswana ethical hacking students report that they are failing to break into the local job market.