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UK security minister to speak at CTO forum

By Emeka Aginam, Asst. Online Editor
The United Kingdom Minister of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism,  Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones will tomorrow deliver a keynote speech at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) organized Cybersecurity forum 2010.

The Minister, according to CTO,  is expected to discuss the broad framework within which Commonwealth cooperation against cyber crimes could be built, taking into account the unique strengths of the UK.

Making a remark  on the role of the Rt Hon Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones at the conference, the CEO of CTO, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah said, “We are honored to have such a senior UK Government official’s support in leading this Commonwealth initiative.

“ Today, governments, enterprises, families and individuals around the world are all vulnerable to and subjected to cyber crimes and cyber attacks in one form or another. From routine spamming, to various kinds of fraud, to hacking and terrorism, no community or nation is immune. Yet, ICT, properly used, are such a potent force for human progress.

“ This forum will provide opportunities for a number of ministers, other high level government officials, officials of ICT equipment manufacturers and operators, and representatives of standards-setting bodies and other Internet-sector stakeholders, to examine  ways to tackle the challenges posed by an increasingly all-encompassing  Cyber world.”

The CTO Head further  expressed appreciation for the support the Forum has received from the UK Office of Cyber Security and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

He said, “It is through such backing and collaborative efforts that we are able to raise awareness of the seriousness of Cyber crimes and encourage development of standards to help pave a path leading to a more secure Cyber space, especially in countries that are still digitally undeveloped.”

Meanwhile, the  opening speech by Hon. Ms Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, according to CTO is expected  strengthen the critical message of collaboration, cooperation and partnership which the Commonwealth wishes to convey.

The conference is envisaged to assemble an illustrious line-up of speakers from a number of global and regional organisations mandated in the field of Cybersecurity.


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