A CIRT assessment workshop, organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), in collaboration with International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 10 to 14 March 2014. It witnessed the participation of Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Liberia.
The primary objectives of that workshop were to assist these countries in their readiness assessment to implement a national CIRT (Computer Incident Response Team). The national CIRT would provide the country with the capability to identify, respond and manage cyber threats and at the same time enhance its cybersecurity posture in the global cyberspace.
ITU-IMPACT pledged its support to the country attending that workshop and also to Congo and Ethiopia in setting up their national CIRT and by the broader way in the definition of the National Cybersecurity strategy for the countries that do not have one.
At the end of the second session of the workshop, the attendees had a very good surprise with the visit of ITU’s Secretary General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, and the Regional Director for Africa, Mr. Andrew Rugege. The Secretary General pronounced a brief speech, recalling the importance for ITU to assist its Member States in assessing their national cybersecurity preparedness and response capabilities to cyber threats.