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UN bodies collaborate for safer cyberspace

By Emeka Aginam

The International Telecommunication Union, (ITU) has cemented new global partnerships designed to make cyberspace a safer, more secure place to be for consumers, businesses, and most especially children and youth.

Already, a memorandum of understanding signed between ITU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the just concluded WSIS Forum event held in Geneva would see the two organizations collaborate in assisting ITU and UN member states mitigate the risks posed by cybercrime.

The MoU would enable the two bodies to work together to make available the necessary expertise and resources to establish legal measures and legislative frameworks at national level, for the benefit of all interested countries.

It is the first time that two organizations within the UN system have formally agreed to cooperate at the global level on cybersecurity.

“This new alliance with UNODC is a major milestone in implementing a coordinated global approach to an increasingly serious global problem.

“Together, our two agencies will generate powerful synergies that will help all interested countries fight the scourge of cyberthreats and cybercrime and create a safer online environment for all,” ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré” said.

Commenting on the partnership, Enrique Salem, President and Chief Executive Officer of Symantec, said: “Over the past year and a half, the researchers that make up Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network have noted a dramatic increase in the number of cyberattacks, as well as the growing sophistication and impact of threats.

The partnership between ITU and Symantec will facilitate an increased understanding of cybersecurity risks and how they can be reduced, increasing confidence in new and emerging technologies and facilitating the evolution of the digital world.”


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