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On 8th September 2011, IMPACT has formally become the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ (UN) specialised agency -International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in a landmark agreement that was signed during the World Summit for Information Society 2011 (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, May 2011.

IMPACT is tasked by ITU with the responsibility of providing cybersecurity assistance and support to ITU’s 193 Member States and also to other organisations within the UN system. The Memorandum of Agreement was officially signed by ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré and Datuk Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT at the ITU’s head office in Geneva. Founded in 1865, ITU is the oldest organisation within the UN system and functions as the UN’s specialised agency for information and communication technologies.

IMPACT’s involvement with ITU began in 2008 when it was chosen as the physical home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). The GCA is an international cybersecurity framework that was formulated following deliberations by more than 100 leading experts worldwide. The GCA contains many recommendations, which when adopted and appropriately implemented, would result in improved cybersecurity for the global community of nations. Through a Memorandum of Understanding inked back in 2008, ITU made IMPACT the physical home of the GCA and had tasked IMPACT with the responsibility to operationalise the various initiatives under the GCA.

In addition to this, during the 2011 WSIS Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ITU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which will see IMPACT playing a pivotal role in supporting both organisations in their collaboration to assist UN member states mitigate risks posed by cybercrime. IMPACT’s Global Response Centre (GRC) acts as the foremost cyber threat resource centre for the global community and provides emergency responses to facilitate identification of cyber threats and sharing of resources to assist ITU-UNODC Member States.

Since its establishment back in 2008, IMPACT serves as a politically-neutral platform which brings together governments, industry and the academia to enhance the global community’s capabilities in dealing with cyber threats.


 

About the Global Cybersecurity Agenda

Global Cybersecurity Agenda

The GCA is an ITU framework for international cooperation aimed at proposing and implementing strategies for solutions to enhance confidence and security in the information society. The GCA intends to build on existing national and regional initiatives to avoid the duplication of work and encourage and foster collaboration amongst all relevant partners.

The GCA was launched by the ITU’s Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré on 17th May 2007 as a framework for international cooperation aimed at proposing strategies for solutions to enhance confidence and security in the information society.


The GCA focuses on five main areas of cybersecurity:
Legal measures
Technical and procedural measures
Organisational structures
Capacity-building
International cooperation

Together, these areas of cybersecurity provide a comprehensive and consistent approach towards a multi-stakeholder framework for a more secure and safer information society.

The converged synergies between the five work areas of the GCA, the services and infrastructures provided by IMPACT made a joint partnership a logical next step in the global fight against cyber threats, cybercrime and other malicious uses of the Internet.,

Learn more about ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda here.