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ICT industry leaders to address ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai, 14-18 October

Cisco, Ericsson and Kaspersky will deliver ‘Visionary Keynote’ speeches


Geneva, 5 October 2012 – Major figures from the ICT industry will present their vision and strategic thought leadership at ITU Telecom World 2012, ITU's leading global networking and knowledge-sharing event, taking place in Dubai, 14-18 October.

Kaspersky Lab CEO and high-level representatives from Cisco and Ericsson will each address a plenary session attended by ITU Telecom World's influential audience of Heads of State and Government, ministers, CEOs from across the entire ICT industry ecosystem, regulators, heads of UN agencies and international organizations, consultants, digital gurus and academics.

Presenting his compelling overview of the realities and risks of cybercriminality on Monday, 15 October, Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab, will speak on ‘Surviving the Age of Cyberwarfare’. Despite the increase in government and regional initiatives to tackle cybercrime, the threat of targeted military- or terrorist-organized cyberattacks on infrastructure, industrial systems and governments remains unresolved. He will outline the extent of the threat of cyberwarfare and how international cooperation is the only means to combat it.

On Tuesday, 16 October, Ericsson's Head of Region Middle East, Anders Lindblad, will focus in his Visionary Keynote on the huge potential of the Networked Society to connect everything and everyone through mobile communications, broadband technology and the Cloud. His address, ‘On the Brink of a Networked Society’, will outline the need for partnerships and collaboration throughout the ICT industry and across vertical sectors to realize the benefit of new technologies for people, business and society everywhere.

Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalization Officer at Cisco, will speak on Wednesday, 17 October on ‘The Role of Technology in Enabling Sustainable Growth’. He will explore how the current unprecedented level and pace of technological development is creating the biggest economic, social and demographic shift in history – and the implications for cities, communities and countries across all sectors – from public services, to healthcare, education and work. His vision highlights the role of the ‘Internet of Everything’ in empowering communities, transforming industries and creating economic, social and environmental sustainability.

“The Visionary Keynote speakers are all leaders in the ICT industry with valuable, strategic insights into the current state of disruption in the sector and its implications for business, government and the world in which we live,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ITU Telecom World 2012 provides an excellent platform to share these visions – and enable us all to learn and benefit from them.”

ITU Telecom World 2012 will be held in Dubai, UAE, 14-18 October.

For the full programme of events at ITU Telecom World 2012, please see: http://yourspace2012.itu.int/agenda

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ITU Telecom World 2012 is open to media. Accreditation is compulsory. For accreditation and procedures, please see: http://world2012.itu.int/media-accreditation

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