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2009 ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Asia-Pacific


Hyderabad, India

23-25 September 2009

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play a decisive role in a country’s development process. However, the rapid growth in the use of ICTs has also opened up new opportunities for criminals to exploit online vulnerabilities and attack countries’ critical infrastructures. As a result, building confidence and security in the use of ICTs is one of the most important and complex challenges connected countries face today. As cyberspace is to large extent without distinct national borders and cyber-threats can arise anywhere and at any time, causing immense damage in a very short space of time before they are tackled, current attempts to address these challenges only at the national and regional levels are inadequate. A global approach is therefore needed. For this reason, ITU, through its Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), has put in place a framework for international cooperation in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity and the protection of critical information infrastructures are a shared responsibility of government, business, other organizations, and individual users who develop, own, provide, manage, service and use information and communication technologies, systems and networks. Promoting cybersecurity, and implementing related measures, needs to be a high priority in order for countries to reap the full benefits of the digital revolution and the new and evolving communication technologies.

The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Asia Pacific, dedicated to “Connecting the World Responsibly”, aimed to identify some of the main challenges faced by countries in enhancing cybersecurity and securing critical information infrastructures. It considered best practices, information sharing mechanisms and concrete actions for cybersecurity development, taking into consideration the key principles of matching the borderless, transnational nature of cyber-threats with meeting specific national and regional requirements. The Forum also considered initiatives at the regional and international levels to increase cooperation and coordination amongst different stakeholders.

The forum programme included interactive sessions on the projects and related tools that ITU is working on to assist Member States in developing and implementing cybersecurity capabilities. Capacity building activities were also undertaken in the following main areas:

  • Development of a legal framework;
  • Development of watch and warning and incident management capabilities, including the establishment of a national computer incident response team (CIRT); and,
  • Actions to be considered when developing a national cybersecurity strategy and harmonization within the key principles of international cooperation.

The forum, is 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 well as ITU WTSA Resolution 58: Encourage the creation of national computer incident response teams, particularly for developing countries (Johannesburg, 2008).

Please contact cybmail (at) with any general queries you may have related to the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum.


Forum Details

Countries requiring assistance to attend the meeting should contact: Wisit Atipayakoon, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Tel.: +66 2 574 8565 and E-mail: wisit.atipayakoon(at) with copy to cybmail(at)

Please send electronic contributions to the meeting on national cybersecurity experiences to cybmail(at)

Should you require any further information on the 2009 ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Asia-Pacific please contact cybmail(at)


Background Material

ITU Cybersecurity Related Resolutions

Meeting Details  
Date: 23-25 September 2009
Location: Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) (Adjacent to Hitec City), Hyderabad, India

This regional cybersecurity forum was jointly organized by ITU and the Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India

And with the support of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), Government of Australia.

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