HLS 2008 Sessions on Cybersecurity
- The Internet has transformed modern life and continues to grow
at an astonishing rate - ITU estimates that, by the start of 2008,
there were 1.3 billion Internet users worldwide.
- The strong growth in Internet access has been accompanied by a
proliferation in cyberthreats and the risks of venturing online.
- It is increasingly difficult to protect end-users, especially
more vulnerable users online such as children, from the growing
risks associated with online access.
- No country is safe – cybercriminals strike at will, and
anonymously. Such far-reaching challenges posed by these new and
greater cyberthreats can only be addressed at the global level.
Background information on Cybersecurity...
Session 2, 12 November, 15:00-16:15
Managing cyberthreats through harmonized policies and organizational
This Session will examine how cyberthreats
can be detected and managed effectively through harmonized policies
and improved organization structures.
The absence of effective institutions to deal with cyber-attacks is a
major issue. Some countries have established specific agencies with
watch, warning and incident response capabilities. Other countries
prefer to promote capacity to deal with cyber-incidents within existing
law enforcement agencies. What lessons can be learned from the
experience of different countries? And how can cooperation and the flow
of information between national institutions be improved?
Session 3, 12 November, 16:45-18:00
Addressing the technical and legal challenges related to the borderless
nature of cybercrime
This Session considers how the technical and legal challenges
associated with cybercrime can best be addressed.
Threats to cybersecurity are global in nature. Cybercriminals can
strike at will, exploiting technical vulnerabilities and legal
loopholes through cross-border operations that show no respect for
geographical boundaries or jurisdictional borders. This makes it
difficult for any single national or regional legal framework to
address cyberthreats effectively. What are the major challenges
countries face in fighting cybercrime? How can countries deal with these
Session 5, 13 November, 11:00-12:30
Be Safe Online: A Call to Action
What can be done and what should be done to protect our most valuable
resource – our children?
The most vulnerable Internet users online are
industrialized countries, as many as 60% of children and teenagers
use online chatrooms regularly, and evidence suggests that as many
of three-quarters of these may be willing to share personal
information in exchange for online goods and services. In some
countries, as many as one in five children may be targeted by a
predator or paedophile each year. These trends are increasingly true
in many emerging and developing countries as well.
Session 6, 13 November, 14:30-15:45 and
ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: Towards an International Roadmap for
The last two Sessions will look at how the framework and expert
proposals developed within the GCA can
help countries promote cybersecurity.
There are many valuable national and regional initiatives underway
to promote cybersecurity. However, the growing global cyberthreats
need a global basis on which they can be addressed. On 17 May 2007,
the ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré launched the Global
Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) as a framework for international
cooperation to promote cybersecurity and enhance confidence and
security in the information society. The GCA seeks to encourage
collaboration amongst all relevant partners in building confidence
and security in the use of ICTs.