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CIRT Programme

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The absence of institutional structures to deal with cyber incidents and attacks is a genuine problem in responding to cyber threats. ITU is working with Member States, regions, and in partnership with IMPACT, to deploy capabilities to build capacity at national and regional level, in addition to establishing National Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs).​​​

CIRT Assessment

ITU, in collaboration with IMPACT, is helping countries to establish their National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), which serves as a national focus point for coordinating cybersecurity incident response to cyber attacks in the country.   The objective of the CIRT Assessment  is to define the readiness to implement a national CIRT.
​ITU-IMPACT has to date completed CIRT assessments for over 47 countries.
Assessment performed: 
CIRTS Assessments in progress​ for 3 countries.

​CIRT Establishment

After the assessment, the initiative assists with planning, implementation, and operation of the CIRT.  Continued collaboration with the newly establish CIRT ensures that support remains available.
ITU-IMPACT has established National CIRTS in  7 countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d'IvoireKenya, MontenegroTanzania, Uganda, Zambia​.
​CIRT Implementations in progress in 6 countries: Jamaica, Ghana, Burundi, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Cyprus​.


ALERT (Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams)
ITU-IMPACT has to date conducted 6 exercises (involving more than 50 countries), where our experts study and evaluate the core functions of established CIRTS, to ensure that CIRTs are effective in managing incidents as well as ensuring proper inter-CIRT cooperation, consistent with international standards and good practice.