Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
ITU Telecom World 2013
Launch of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)
20 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure to be here with you this afternoon for the launch of the Global Cybersecurity Index, in partnership with ABI research.
As we all now, in today’s world, cybersecurity is paramount for sustaining a technologically-sound existence.
The disruption of energy grids or the impairment of online financial systems through the misuse of ICTs can constitute real national security threats.
Unfortunately, however, the reality is that cybersecurity is not yet at the core of national strategies.
Although efforts are numerous and growing, most of the time they remain dispersed and not continuative. Indeed differences in internet penetration, technological development, and private sector dynamics are all contributing to the expansion of what we could start to call a security divide.
And of course this will not help us in building a global culture of cybersecurity.
Information-sharing and cooperation are key to tackling cross-border threats.
Such elements require a more profound understanding of the level of maturity of countries in terms of their legal, technical and educational levels, to name just a few.
This is why today, I am glad to officially launch today the Global Cybersecurity Index, which I believe can really boost global awareness about the importance of securing cyberspace and the need for global cooperation.
The index will be used to measure each country’s level of cybersecurity development, and it is based on the five pillars of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: legal measures, technical and procedural measures, organizational structure, capacity building and international cooperation.
A questionnaire has been elaborated and shared with all Member States, with the questions asked all being about information in the public domain.
The ultimate goal is to help foster and achieve a global culture of cybersecurity and its integration at the core of information and communication technologies.
I am proud to start sharing some initial data from the GCI with you today, in the hope that this will encourage more countries to support and contribute to this effort.
Data collection is well underway, and we expect to be finalized by the end of this year.
Let me therefore encourage all countries to commit to collecting such data at the national level and to share it with ITU, in order for us to be able to provide this valuable new resource for the benefit of the global community.