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ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in Malaysia

Centre to combat cyber threats established near Kuala Lumpur

Bangkok, 4 September 2008 — ITU concluded an agreement with the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) to operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). IMPACT’S state-of-the-art global headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur will be the home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda.

The collaboration between ITU and IMPACT is aimed at building synergies to provide:

  • Real-time analysis, aggregation and dissemination of global cyber threat information
  • Early warning system and emergency response to global cyber threats
  • Training and skills development on the technical, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity
  • The agreement is in line with the decision of the World Summit on the Information Society to build security and confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The Summit also called for the coordination of multi-stakeholder implementation of information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices, and assistance in developing public/private partnerships.

    The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Bangkok during ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré and Chairman of the IMPACT Management Board Mr Mohammad Noor Amin.

    The ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) is an ITU framework for international cooperation for governments, international law enforcement authorities, the private sector, international organizations and civil society to make cyberspace more secure in an increasingly networked information society. The international effort is focused on strengthening five areas:

    1. Legal framework
    2. Technical measures
    3. Organizational structures
    4. Capacity building
    5. International cooperation

    While the GCA will be housed at the IMPACT Centre, ITU will have a ‘virtual showcase’ in Geneva of the early warning system, crisis management and real-time analysis of global cyber threats. IMPACT initiatives, such as the Global Response Centre as well as training and skills development, security assurance, research, and international cooperation will be conducted under the auspices of the GCA.

    The IMPACT Centre is being readied on a 7-acre estate near Kuala Lumpur with infrastructure built over 58,000 square feet.

    For more information visit: www.itu.int/cybersecurity/gca/ or please contact:

    Sanjay Acharya
    Chief, Media Relations and Public Information

    ITU
    Tel: +41 22 730 5046
    Mobile : +41 79 249 4861
    E-mail:
    pressinfoitu.int
    Alexander Ntoko
    Head, Corporate Strategy Division

    ITU
    Tel: + 41 22 730 5525
    E-mail:
    gcaitu.int
    Azmi Faez
    Adviser (Administration), Chairman’s Office
    IMPACT
    Tel: +60 (3) 7710 2020
    Fax : +60 (3) 7729 2020
    E-mail:
    azmi.faezimpact-alliance.org
    Website :
    www.impact-alliance.org 

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