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 Monday, 10 January 2011
A meeting of ITU-T’s Security Study Group (Study Group 17) at the end of 2010 saw several new standards (ITU-T Recommendations) approved and progress in several important areas. Immediately prior to the main Study Group meeting a workshop, Addressing security challenges on a global scale, open to members and non-members alike attracted 115 participants from 29 countries. Also open to external experts an Identity Summit succeeded as a new tool to add value to technical discussions in SG17.

Some of the new ITU-T Recommendations facilitate the interconnection of security and management systems and to exchange cyber security information, such as of security events and of security attack incidents. The standards specify how this information can be shared across organizations for enhanced security preparedness and broader and better risk mitigation against vulnerabilities, to allow vulnerability databases and other capabilities to be linked together, and to facilitate the comparison of security tools and service.

In detail, Recommendation ITU-T X.1209 identifies real-life scenarios where cybersecurity information can be exchanged across organizations. The standard specifies the principal technical and organizational capabilities necessary for systems in terms of cyber security information exchange. Related new work includes draft Recommendation  ITU-T X.1500 which surveys the various candidate techniques for cyber information exchange, and draft Recommendation ITU-T X.1520 which identifies the high-level requirements for enumerating common vulnerabilities.

Also during December meeting two new Recommendations were approved (X.1243 and X.1245) that counter spam and other unsolicited communications though an interactive gateway system. In addition the use and application of the extended validation certificates as put forward in new draft Recommendation ITU-T X.1261 will provide enhanced and superior security to users on the Internet with a trustworthy confirmation of the identity of the entity that controls the website or other services that the users are accessing.

Two new draft Recommendations have been matured (X.1311 and X.1312) that address the security aspects of “ubiquitous sensors in networks” – an emerging area of smart internetworked sensors and devices that are expected to increasingly permeate daily life. The new Recommendations identify the specific and typical security threats and specify appropriate security requirements. Draft Recommendation ITU-T X.1312 follows one promising approach where various security functions and security mechanisms are aggregated within a common middleware component of those sensors. Radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled devices are an early incarnation of such ubiquitous sensors where new Recommendation ITU-T X.1275 gives guidelines to vendors and service providers of RFID enabled devices how to protect the privacy of the users his/her specific personally identifiable information (PII).

Study Group 17 also saw new and ongoing security and identity management standardization work in the area of cloud computing and virtual service platforms where challenging security problems remain to be solved and standardized. Another new interesting area of standardization work seeks to define an information security management reference model for small and medium telecommunication organizations.

A series of tutorials were given at the SG17 meeting and presentations can be downloaded here. Topics included:  An update on ICANN activities relating to Security, Stability and Resiliency; Open Identity Trust Frameworks: A Market Solution to Online Identity Trust; Creating a Multilingual Communication Standard for Cross-Border ODR; X.500/LDAP as resolution system and as support provider for RFID; Cybersecurity Information Exchange techniques and their importance for emerging networks.

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Monday, 10 January 2011 17:22:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU and its partners ISO and IEC have launched a new electronic newsletter providing concrete examples of how standards impact the bottom line, stimulate economic growth, productivity and innovation and allow businesses large and small to access broader markets.

The newsletter goes out under the banner of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) which the three organizations established in 2001 in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU.

The first issue of the WSC eNewsletter includes the following success stories:

How Tyco Electronics achieved additional profits of USD +50 million by participating in standardization

  • Why the former CEO of Mitsubishi believes that standardization and certification are now crucial for Japanese companies' continued success
  • Why the CEO of Rockwell, the world's largest automation company, recommends that businesses participate in standardization work
  • How a 50-employee SME succeeded in opening up the European market for its medical devices 

In addition, the eNewsletter includes articles on the following subjects:

Now you can calculate the cost and benefit of standardization
Standards have a direct impact on the bottom line which you can calculate. The cost of standardization is relatively easy to calculate, but the calculation of its benefits was much trickier... until now. Find out how your company can assess and communicate the economic benefits of international standards, and determine which areas are likely to result in the highest benefits...

Senior executives share their insider tips on standardization
This Canadian study looked both at the impact of standards on overall economic growth and provided insights by senior executives from private and public sectors about participation in standardization...

The benefits of standards in "CEO speak"
Order or download your free information package that summarizes all the benefits of using International Standards and participating in their development.

New evidence links technological change, productivity and economic growth directly to standardization

A series of recent studies conducted in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK, point to a direct relationship between the use of standards and economic growth, labour productivity, ability to export and more.

The WSC eNewsletter will be published three times a year. A subscription form is available at this address. Additional information on the WSC and its activities can be accessed on the WSC Website:

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Monday, 10 January 2011 14:08:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 07 January 2011
Meeting of Study Group 11, Geneva, 24 - 28 January 2011

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SG11 Collective Letter

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Friday, 07 January 2011 14:29:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of Study Group 12,  Geneva, Switzerland, 18 - 27 January 2011

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SG12 Collective Letter

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Friday, 07 January 2011 14:26:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Meeting of SG 13, Geneva, 17-28 January 2011

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SG 13 Collective Letter

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Friday, 07 January 2011 14:22:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 December 2010
ITU-T NGN GSI event: Co-located Meetings of Study Groups 11 and 13, Geneva, Switzerland, 17-28 January 2011

Convening letter (TSB Circular 147)

On-line registration form

for Study Group 11

for Study Group 13

Next Generation Networks Global Standards Initiative

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Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:59:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
FG Smart , Yokohama, Japan, 10 - 14 January 2011

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Meeting Announcement

Focus Group on Smart Grid (FG Smart)

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Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:54:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud), Nanjing, China, 10 - 13 January 2011

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Focus Group on Cloud Computing (FG Cloud)

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Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:49:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 10 December 2010
Live webcast: Kaleidoscope 2010 - Beyond the Internet?

ITU-T’s Kaleidoscope academic conference Beyond the Internet? − Innovations for future networks and services (Pune, India, 13-15 December 2010) will be made available as a live audio and video webcast in order that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world.

Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society. Kaleidoscope 2010 will bring together academia, research organizations and experts working on the standardization of telecommunications and ICTs.  (See here for programme, bios and presentation slides).

Accepted papers will be made available through the IEEE Xplore repository of academic papers. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Young Author Recognition certificates will also be issued.

In addition to an exhibition by local universities, keynote speakers and invited papers, ITU Kaleidoscope 2010 will host Standards Corner, a series of standardization tutorials, and Jules Verne’s Corner, a special space for science fiction writers and dreamers.

Register now for free webcast access.

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Friday, 10 December 2010 14:57:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 07 December 2010
The latest meeting of ITU-T’s Study Group 5 in Geneva 23 November-1 December saw the beginning of work on two new “Questions” or work units - Setting up a low cost sustainable telecommunication infrastructure for rural communications in developing countries and Using ICTs to enable countries to adapt to climate change.

In addition and following the success of the Universal Charging Solution (Recommendation ITU-T L.1000), the meeting saw discussion on a Universal Battery solution.

Battery manufacturers, device manufacturers, operators and users will benefit, say experts but  the task will be infinitely more complicated. At this – early – stage discussions focus on feasibility; scope; questions on e-waste; safety; and innovation freedom concerns.

A revision to the Universal Charging Solution (L.1000) was also discussed. Changes under debate include a minimum current value (850mA); detachable cable (USB A to micro-USB); electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and no load power consumption (0.15W mandatory, 0.03W optional). It is hoped that this will be consented at the next meeting SG  in April.

As well as progressing technical work the meeting saw presentations including a special guest Yuzhu You, University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Australia who talked about monitoring climate change using submarine cables – the subject of a new Technology Watch report. In a special session presentations were also made on how to make Data Centers green; recycling rare metals from ICT waste; urban mining; and the universal power adapter for ICT devices: phases 1 and 2.

The meeting saw record attendance and ran for seven instead of the normal five days. Two new standards were consented in the field of protection against electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic emanations. The first gives guidance on the long term monitoring of EMF and the second describes a test method and guide against information leaks through unintentional electromagnetic emissions.

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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 09:27:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |