Centre has two distinct, but important functions: Security
Assurance and Research.
Security Assurance Division:
- In partnership with leading ICT experts, IMPACT will
aggregate and develop global best practice guidelines,
creating an international benchmark that is especially
relevant for governments.
- This division will – upon request – be able to conduct
independent ICT security audits on government agencies or
critical infrastructure companies (e.g. national utility and
telecommunication companies), thereby ensuring that these
organisations subscribe to the highest security standards.
The Security Assurance Division will function as an
independent, internationally-recognised, voluntary
certification body for cybersecurity.
- In partnership with Symantec Corporation (the provider
of the automated security scorecard system for the US
Federal Government), the Security Assurance Division will
establish a Centre of Excellence for Government Security
Scorecards – the first such centre outside the United
States. There is already demonstrated interest from
countries to implement a government-wide electronic
scorecard system. In collaboration with ITU, this initiative
can be extended to interested ITU Member States.
The focus of the Research Division is
to direct academic attention – including from universities
and research institutes – to areas of concern that may not
currently be adequately addressed. This includes research
into new areas (e.g. IPV6), as well as specialised niche
areas (e.g. research into vulnerabilities of non-mainstream
systems, such as the legacy SCADA systems still used by some
countries). With a small user base, niche technologies may
not be commercially viable for industry-oriented solutions,
making governments or ogranisations using such technologies
vulnerable to threats. IMPACT is committed to making
facilities available and encouraging joint research efforts
to address these specific areas of concern.
In collaboration with ITU, IMPACT is
making its research network available for the benefit of
interested ITU Member States. Besides the academic network,
IMPACT Global HQ provides ITU membership with access to
specialised ICT laboratories, specialised equipment,
resource centre and other facilities.