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 Friday, February 15, 2008

The ITU-D secretariat-based derived base version of the October 2007 draft of the Study Group Q.22/1 Report on Best Practices for a National Approach to Cybersecurity: a Management Framework for Organizing National Cybersecurity Efforts is now available online.

This report provides national administrations with a management framework for addressing cybersecurity at the national level and for organizing and implementing a national cybersecurity strategy. As existing national capabilities vary greatly and threats constantly evolve, the report does not provide a prescriptive approach to securing cyberspace. Rather, the framework describes a flexible approach that can assist national administrations to review and improve their existing institutions, policies, and relationships addressing cybersecurity issues.

Although this report is focused on cybersecurity, we note that protection of physical network assets is an equally important priority. We also note that best practices in cybersecurity should in no way suppress freedom of speech, free flow of information and/or due process of law.

The five key elements outlined in this report are:

  • Developing a National Strategy for Cybersecurity;
  • Establishing National Government–Industry Collaboration;
  • Deterring Cybercrime;
  • Creating National Incident Management Capabilities; and
  • Promoting a National Culture of Cybersecurity.

This document is based on studies underway in the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector’s ITU-D Study Group Question 22/1: Securing information and communication networks: best practices for developing a culture of cybersecurity.

To continue reading the report, click here.
More information on ITU-D activities related to cybersecurity here.