Burkina Faso President heads IMPACT

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré has been named as the new Chairman of the ITU’s global cyber security advisory body.

ITU announced at ITU Telecom World in Geneva today that Compaoré would chair the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), which serves at the executing arm of the ITU in the area of cyber security.

He takes over from former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who served as founding Chairman of the IAB. 137 Member States are formally part of the ITU-IMPACT coalition, which also has strong support from global industry leaders and partners from academia.

ITU notes that Compaoré has vast experience in telecommunications and international relations, and will continue to spearhead global efforts to bring governments, industry, academia and international organizations together in the fight against cyber threats.

 “I am delighted to welcome President Compaoré, an active and high-profile advocate of a more global approach to cybersecurity, into the ITU-IMPACT fold. Cybersecurity knows no borders; it is only with a truly coordinated international approach that we will win against the growing tide of malicious hackers and cybercriminals,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

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