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ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in new centre in Malaysia

IMPACT headquarters in Cyberjaya to focus on strengthening network security

Geneva, 20 March 2009 — The global headquarters of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) was inaugurated today in Cyberjaya on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new IMPACT facilities will host ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), which is an international framework for cooperation aimed at finding strategic solutions to boost confidence and security in an increasingly networked information society.

The new IMPACT headquarters was inaugurated by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, who is also Chairman of IMPACT’s International Advisory Board, and ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

IMPACT is the world’s first global public-private initiative against cyber-threats. This collaboration between ITU and IMPACT provides ITU’s 191 Members States with the expertise, facilities, real-time information, and rapid access to resources to effectively address the world’s most serious cyber-threats. It will also provide training and skills development on the technical, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity.

"Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues of our time," said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General. "It is a global issue, demanding a truly global approach and it is therefore gratifying to see — and to be part of — this growing coalition against cyber-threats worldwide. The collaboration with IMPACT complements our efforts in strengthening cybersecurity and we look forward to expanding the cooperation between governments, the private sector and educational institutions."

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.

ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) will facilitate the deployment of IMPACT services, such as the Global Response Centre, which aims at providing state-of-the-art cybersecurity capabilities for ITU Member States to strengthen network security worldwide. The first phase of physical deployment has already been launched in some 20 countries. Further deployment in 50 countries is planned over the next year.

"We are proud to announce that IMPACT’s operations have progressed positively since our inception. From 27 member countries during our launch in May 2008, the collaboration with ITU now allows the 191 ITU Member States access to IMPACT’s facilities and enhanced international cooperation," said Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT Management Board.

For more information visit or please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information

Tel: +41 22 730 5046
Mobile : +41 79 249 4861
Alexander Ntoko
Head, Corporate Strategy Division
Tel: +41 22 730 5525

For information on IMPACT visit or contact:

Rachel Lee
Tel: +60 3 2283 2730
Fax: +60 3 2283 2750

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