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Enhancing Cybersecurity in Least Developed Countries

In a context of ever increasing growth of malicious cyberactivities, ITU is launching the “Enhancing Cybersecurity in Least Developed Countries” project aiming at ensuring that LDCs can maximize the socio-economic benefits of access to ICTs in a cybersecure environment.

The Issue

ICTs provide unprecedented opportunities to accelerate social and economic development, while their misuse and their vulnerabilities create new and serious threats.
To answer the challenges imposed by the borderless nature of cybercrime, establishment of national cybersecurity strategies including mechanism to identify, manage and respond to cyberthreats is crucial.
This is particularly challenging for LDCs lacking of adequate legal and regulatory framework, and limited human capacity/expertise and financial resources.

Objectives

​The “Enhancing Cybersecurity in LDCs” project aims at supporting LDCs in strengthening their cybersecurity capabilities to better respond to cyberthreats to ensure enhanced protection of their national infrastructure, including the critical information infrastructure, thereby making the Internet safer and protecting Internet users, to serve national priorities and maximize socio-economic benefits in line with the objectives of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Implementation Strategy

Expected Results

​The expected results of the Project include: