IT WORLD ITU launches GCI to strengthen cy­ber­se­cu­rity

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU) has pre­sented the Global Cy­ber­se­cu­rity In­dex (GCI), an ini­tia­tive launched by ITU and ABI Re­search to mea­sure the lev­els of cy­ber­se­cu­rity in coun­tries across the world.

Launched at a fo­rum held in Dubai last week, the GCI un­der­lies ITU’s com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity and plug­ging the gaps world­wide while build­ing ca­pac­ity at the na­tional level, par­tic­u­larly in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The long term aim is to drive fur­ther ef­forts in the adop­tion and in­te­gra­tion of cy­ber­se­cu­rity on a global scale, ITU scribe Ha­madoun Toure said in a state­ment emailed to Daily Trust at the weekend.

He said based on ques­tion­naire re­sponses re­ceived by ITU mem­ber states, a first anal­y­sis of cy­ber­se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ment in the Arab re­gion was com­piled and one for the Africa re­gion is un­der way, adding the ob­jec­tive is to re­lease a global sta­tus of cy­ber­se­cu­rity for 2014.

“In em­brac­ing tech­no­log­i­cal progress, cy­ber­se­cu­rity must form an in­te­gral and in­vis­i­ble part of that process,” said Brahima Sanou, Di­rec­tor of ITU’s Telecommunication De­vel­op­ment Bureau ad­dress­ing the fo­rum. “Un­for­tu­nately, cy­ber­se­cu­rity is not yet at the core of many na­tional and in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy strate­gies.”

The goal of the GCI is to help fos­ter a global cul­ture of cy­ber­se­cu­rity and its in­te­gra­tion at the core of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies. “Coun­tries need to be aware of their cur­rent ca­pa­bil­ity level in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and, at the same time, iden­tify ar­eas where cy­ber­se­cu­rity needs to be en­hanced,” Sanou stressed.

The fo­rum on Mea­sur­ing Coun­tries’ Readi­ness and Build Ca­pac­ity on Cy­ber­se­cu­rity was held at ITU’s World Telecommunication De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence that opened in Dubai on 30 March and will be in ses­sion un­til 10 April.

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