significant new landmarks in the fight against cyberthreats
ITU has cemented new global
partnerships designed to make cyberspace a safer, more secure place
to be for consumers, businesses, and – most crucially – children
A Memorandum of Understanding signed between
ITU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at this
year’s WSIS Forum event in Geneva will see the two organizations
collaborate in assisting ITU and UN Member States mitigate the risks
posed by cybercrime.
The MoU will enable the two bodies to work
together to make available the necessary expertise and resources to
establish legal measures and legislative frameworks at national
level, for the benefit of all interested countries. It is the first
time that two organizations within the UN system have formally agreed
to cooperate at the global level on cybersecurity.
“This new alliance with
UNODC is a major milestone in implementing a coordinated global
approach to an increasingly serious global problem. Together, our two
agencies will generate powerful synergies that will help all
interested countries fight the scourge of cyberthreats and cybercrime
and create a safer
online environment for all”, said ITU Secretary-General Dr.
In line with its long tradition of
public-private partnership, ITU has also signed an MoU with Symantec,
a leading provider of security, storage and systems management
solutions. ITU will use Symantec’s security intelligence, in the
form of its quarterly Internet Security Threat Reports, to increase
understanding of and readiness for cybersecurity risks.
By distributing this report – which captures
data from across Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network – to
interested Member States, ITU aims to help better prepare governments
in developing and developed nations alike to respond to the
ever-growing risk from malware, cyber attackers and information
thieves. This will facilitate awareness raising and knowledge
transfer, complementing the work of ITU and strengthening its
effectiveness as a global forum for governments and private sector to
build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.
Commenting on the
partnership, Enrique Salem, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Symantec, said: “Over the past year and a half, the researchers
that make up Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network have noted a
dramatic increase in the number of cyberattacks, as well as the
growing sophistication and impact of threats. The partnership
between ITU and Symantec will facilitate an increased understanding
of cybersecurity risks and how they can be reduced, increasing
confidence in new and emerging technologies and facilitating the
evolution of the digital world”.