Promoting Global Cybersecurity
World Telecommunication Day (WTD) commemorates the
founding of ITU on 17 May 1865. This year, WTD carries added significance as
17 May has been identified by the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the
Information Society as “World Information Society Day”.
In today’s interconnected and increasingly
networked world, societies are vulnerable to a wide variety of threats,
including deliberate attacks on critical information infrastructures with
debilitating effects on our economies and on our societies. In order to
safeguard our systems and infrastructure and in order to instill confidence in
online trade, commerce, banking, telemedicine, e-government and a host of other
applications, we need to strengthen our collective global cybersecurity. As this
depends on the security practices of each and every networked country, business,
and citizen, we need to develop a global culture of cybersecurity.
This is why, the ITU Council chose to highlight
the serious challenges we face in ensuring the safety and security of networked
information and communication systems and adopted the theme
Promoting Global Cybersecurity for World Telecommunication Day 2006.
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