Reflecting the theme of World Telecommunication Day on 17 May, the focus of this edition of ITU News is on cybersecurity. But what, exactly, does that word cover? As information and communication technologies (ICT) advance more and more rapidly, language has sometimes struggled to keep up. The definitions of terms such as "digital" have been widened far beyond their original senses, becoming somewhat vague in the process.
In the case of "cybersecurity" it too can be used as an umbrella term covering a multitude of topics. However, there is general agreement that the fundamental elements of cybersecurity are these: the protection of ICT equipment, software and networks - and the data they contain -against threats to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. That is, making sure that data remain private, unchanged, and accessible to authorized users.
Cybersecurity also concerns the content and use of data transmitted through ICT networks. The aim is to prevent spam and such malicious activities as fraud, infringement of copyright, or the spreading of child pornography and other undesirable materials. In all its elements, cybersecurity is likely to be an issue of increasing importance to individuals and nations alike.