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CIRT Programme

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The absence of institutional structures to deal with cyber incidents and attacks is a genuine problem in responding to cyber threats. ITU is working with Member States, regions to deploy capabilities to build capacity at national and regional level, in addition to establishing National Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs).​​​
Currently there are 103 National CIRT established worlwide. See full list...




CIRT Assessment

ITU is helping countries to establish their National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), which serves as a national focus point for coordinating cybersecurity incident response to cyber attacks in the country.   The objective of the CIRT Assessment  is to define the readiness to implement a national CIRT.

 ​ITU has to date completed CIRT assessments for 68 countries.
Africa 28: Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Dem Rep), Congo (Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Niger , Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togolese Republic, Uganda , Zambia, Zimbabwe
Americas: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Bolivia, Dominica , Dominican Republic , Ecuador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica , St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname,​ Trinidad and Tobago
Arab region: Comoros, Djibouti, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Palestine, Sudan
Asia & Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh , Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Maldives , Myanmar, Nepal , Vanuatu, Vietnam
Europe & CIS: Albania , Armenia,  Cyprus, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Serbia

​CIRT Establishment

After the assessment, the initiative assists with planning, implementation, and operation of the CIRT.  Continued collaboration with the newly establish CIRT ensures that support remains available.
​​CIRT Implementations in progress in 5 countries: BurundiCyprus (National CIRT)​, ​Gambia, Palestine and Zimbabwe​.
CIRT Enhancement in progress in 1 country: Kenya



ALERT (Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams): In partnership with a number of organizations, ITU​ has to date conducted 20 exercises (involving more than 100 countries), where our experts study and evaluate the core functions of established CIRTS, to ensure that CIRTs are effective in managing incidents as well as ensuring proper inter-CIRT cooperation, consistent with international standards and good practice.

In line with the collaboration between ITU and FIRST, FIRST is pleased to support applications for FIRST membership from participants of ITU cyber drill exercises. See flyer for more information.​