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5th ETSI Security Workshop
Sophia Antipolis, France 20 - 22 January 2010
Represented by Georges Sebek, Counsellor of the ITU-T Study Group 17

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Director of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau of the ITU, Malcolm Johnson, I would like to thank the organizers of this – fifth - ETSI Security Workshop for inviting ITU and extend my best wishes to you all for a successful event.

ITU has an ongoing dialogue on how standards can help build confidence in the use of ICTs and help win the war against cyber-threats. And, as you know there are many areas of standardization where ETSI, an ITU-T Member, and ITU collaborate.

And in this crucially important field of security we work together on NGN, identity management and cybersecurity.

In the field of cybersecurity, our two organizations have organized symposiums and workshops with cross participation of our experts. Many ETSI members are ITU members, and this membership commonality helps ensure good collaboration and cooperation. Indeed, our common goal of securing networks, services and applications can only be achieved with the participation of all players. I am therefore pleased that ITU can again actively participate in your fifth security workshop.

We are in a constant fight against cybercrime and, within ITU the work of ITU-T Study Group 17 is an essential part of our effort to meet the role entrusted to ITU by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS); that is to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

Not only will SG 17's standards increase the level of security, they will also reduce the costs of building secure systems, as was recognized at last year’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08).

Mr. Arkady Kremer the chairman of Study Group 17 will provide some more detail on SG 17's work later today.

ITU has been active in security work for ICTs for many years and, as network use has increased, the workload has grown quite dramatically in response to new and evolving threats and the demands of our members for standards to help counter these threats.

As standards makers, ITU and ETSI have a duty to serve our members and the users of systems around the world with a coordinated approach towards protecting ICT systems.

We can do this by maintaining an awareness of security issues, by ensuring that security considerations are a fundamental part of specifications, and by providing technical standards and guidance to assist implementers and users in the task of making systems and services sufficiently robust that they can withstand cyber attacks.

Standardization is a key building block in constructing a global culture of cybersecurity.

Ongoing ITU work on security includes architecture and frameworks; cybersecurity; vulnerabilities, threats and risk management; incident handling and traceback; countering spam; telebiometrics; information security management; identity management; security for NGN, IPTV, home networks, ubiquitous sensor networks, mobiles; and secure application services.

We are also starting to look at security concerns in emerging areas such as smart grids and cloud computing.

I do not want to take up too much more of your time but before finishing I would like to highlight another area that was raised as a major concern at WTSA. This is the problems being faced, especially by developing countries, due to the lack of conformity and interoperability of equipment being placed on the market. An important step was taken at last year’s ITU Council on how ITU could do more in this area. I was very pleased therefore to receive an invitation from the ETSI Director General to discuss how we can establish a good basis for our cooperation in this field, and I look forward to that discussion very soon.

Another major objective of course is bridging the standardization gap, by increasing developing country participation in our work. ITU has 191 countries as its members and most of course are developing countries. We have held a number of events on this important topic in different regions in the last few years and I am pleased to report that we now have many more countries participating in our standards activity.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in the real (non-virtual) world risk management is well understood and so the infrastructure has been developed to protect against theft, fraud and other kinds of attack.

The virtual world should be no different. ITU’s work in partnership with ETSI and many other bodies can provide the backbone for this risk-management infrastructure.

I wish you every success for this workshop and look forward to hearing about achievements and good prospects for future work.


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