Strengthening confidence in networks
Geneva, 28 April 2008
1. Forum session: Creating Trusted Environments
2. Cybersecurity Round table
When: Thursday, 15 May 2008, 9:00-11:00; 11:30-13:00
Where: Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Chefren A, Cairo, Egypt
Why: Information and communication technologies (ICT) have transformed modern lifestyles with real-time communications and almost unlimited access to information based on a wide range of online services. Yet, the rapid growth of ICT networks has also opened up new opportunities for organized crime and cyberthreats which are not bound by time or space.
Confidence in network security is vital for building an inclusive, secure and global Information Society. Owing to limited human, institutional and financial resources, developing countries, in particular, face challenges in elaborating and implementing national frameworks for cybersecurity.
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) entrusted ITU to take the lead in coordinating international efforts in this field. To address this challenge, ITU launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) on 16 May 2007 as a framework for international multi-stakeholder cooperation and dialogue to elaborate global strategies aimed at building confidence and security in the use of ICT.
The two sessions discuss the global nature of the threats we face today and the need for enhanced cooperation and collaboration between governments, industry and other stakeholders.
1. Creating Trusted Environments: session chaired by Mr Basil Udotai, Director & Head, Office of the National Security Adviser, Directorate for Cybersecurity, Nigeria
Mr Karanja Gakio, Co-Founder & CEO, Cyberplex Africa, Botswana
Dr Cheick Diarra, Chairman, Microsoft Middle East and Africa
Ms Naashiah Saud Al-Kharusi, Member, Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
Mr Paul Twomey, President and CEO, ICANN, United States
Dr Alex Trigona, Senior Fellow, DiploFoundation, Malta
Mr Vladimir Vasiliev, Ministry for Information Technologies and Communications, Russian Federation
2. Cybersecurity Round table chaired by Dr Norman Lewis, Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Grids Corporation, USA
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
H.E. Mr Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
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