At the start of the 21st century, modern societies have a growing dependency on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that are globally interconnected. This interconnectivity creates interdependencies and risks that must be managed at national, regional and international levels. At the national level, each nation should consider organizing itself to take coordinated action related to the prevention of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents. Such action requires coordination and cooperation among national participants, including, those in government, business, and other organizations, as well as individual users, who develop, own, provide, manage, service and use information systems and networks. The formulation and implementation by all nations of a national framework for cybersecurity and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP) represents a first step in addressing the challenges arising from globally interconnected ICT infrastructures.
This workshop, hosted by ictQATAR and organized in collaboration with the Q-CERT, aimed to identify the main challenges faced by countries in the region in developing frameworks for cybersecurity and CIIP, to consider best practices, share information on development activities being undertaken by ITU as well as other entities, and review the role of various actors in promoting a culture of cybersecurity. The workshop, one in a series of regional events organized by ITU-D,
was held in response to ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 130: Strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (Antalya, 2006) and the 2006 World Telecommunication Development Conference Doha Action Plan establishing ITU-D Study Group Question 22/1: Securing information and communication networks: Best practices for developing a culture of cybersecurity.
As part of this activity, ITU is developing a
Report on Best Practices for a National Approach to Cybersecurity which outlines a Framework for Organizing a National Approach to Cybersecurity identifying five key elements of a national effort, including: 1) Developing a national cybersecurity strategy; 2) Establishing national government-industry collaboration; 3) Creating a national incident management capability; 4) Deterring cybercrime; and 5) Promoting a national culture of cybersecurity.
Please note that a one day Cybersecurity Forensics Workshop was held in conjunction with the workshop on 21 February 2008.
Please contact cybmail (at) itu.int with any general queries you may have related to this workshop.