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ITU drives global effort to strengthen cybersecurity

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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has presented the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) at a forum held recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirate to promote its global cybersecurity efforts.

The GCI is an initiative launched by ITU and ABI Research to measure the levels of cybersecurity in countries as part of efforts to strengthen cybersecurity and plug the gaps worldwide while building capacity at the national level, particularly in developing countries.

According to ITU, the long term aim of the GCI is to drive further efforts in the adoption and integration of cybersecurity on a global scale. A comparison of national cybersecurity strategies will reveal those countries with high rankings in specific areas, and consequently highlight lesser known – yet successful – cybersecurity strategies.

Based on questionnaire responses received by ITU Member States, a first analysis of cybersecurity development in the Arab region was compiled and one for the Africa region is under way. The objective is to release a global status of cybersecurity for 2014.
“Greater connectivity also brings with it greater risk,”Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General says. “As our physical and cyber worlds overlap, there is an increased need to address the related challenges of ensuring security, human rights, rule of law, good governance and economic development.”

“In embracing technological progress, cybersecurity must form an integral and invisible part of that process,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau addressing the forum. “Unfortunately, cybersecurity is not yet at the core of many national and industrial technology strategies.”

The goal of the GCI is to help foster a global culture of cybersecurity and its integration at the core of information and communication technologies. “Countries need to be aware of their current capability level in cybersecurity and, at the same time, identify areas where cybersecurity needs to be enhanced,” Sanou stressed.

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