THE International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said its recent partnership with International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) will be crucial in strengthening cyber-security.
The partnership with IMPACT will expand co-operation between governments, businesses and educational institutions.
Says Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General: “Cyber-security is one of the most critical issues of our time. It is a global issue, demanding a truly global approach and it is therefore gratifying to see and to be part of this growing coalition against cyber-threats worldwide. The collaboration with IMPACT complements our efforts in strengthening cyber-security and we look forward to expanding the cooperation between governments, the private sector and educational institutions.”
ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) will facilitate the deployment of IMPACT services, such as the Global Response Centre, which will provide state-of-the-art cyber-security capabilities for ITU Member States to strengthen network security worldwide.
The first phase of physical deployment has already been launched in 20 countries. Further deployment in 50 countries is planned over the 12 month period.
IMPACT is the world’s first global public-private initiative against cyber-threats. This collaboration between ITU and IMPACT provides ITU’s 191 Members States with the expertise, facilities, real-time information, and rapid access to resources to effectively address the world’s most serious cyber-threats.