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 Centre for Security Assurance & Research

Photo: keyboardThe 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.

Research Division:

  • 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.

 GCA Activities and Cyberjaya

In order to provide concrete services in the five work areas of the GCA, IMPACT will make the following available to ITU and its membership:

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