[AfrICANN-discuss] CTO partners with BIS and OCS to promote international cooperation in Cyber Security to help develop common responses to a global challenge

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu May 6 19:13:08 SAST 2010

07 April 2010CTO partners with BIS and OCS to promote international
cooperation in Cyber Security to help develop

*Common responses to a global challenge.*

LONDON, April 7, 2010 – The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
(CTO), the London-based premier ICT agency of the Commonwealth is organising
a Cyber Security Forum on the 17th and 18th of June 2010, in London, in
partnership with the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
and the UK’s Office of Cyber Security (OCS). The forum promises to bring
together high level delegates and key decision makers from the public and
private sectors together with the civil society from across the
Commonwealth, to promote international cooperation in Cyber security.
The forum will focus on key themes such as the State under threat,
individuals and children under threat, the role of CERTs, appropriate legal
frameworks for Cyber security, Cyber security through international
cooperation, organisational structures for effective Cyber security and the
technical responses to Cyber security and threats.
Commenting on this new venture, Bashir Patel, CTO’s Director of Programmes
and Business Development,said, ”With the internet growing at an exponential
rate and currently having an estimated 1.4 billion people as its citizens,
it can have far reaching influence over peoples, businesses and Governments.
In order to establish basic protection for the users, reliability for
businesses and security for the States, ethical standards in the cyberspace
has to be established, legislation enacted, and enforcement implemented. The
CTO has a duty to assist its members to gain the skills and competencies in
order to achieve the necessary high standards to ensure a satisfactory level
of Cyber security. This forum will provide stakeholders the opportunity to
discuss diverse and key issues on Cyber security and crimes.”
Bashir Patel also welcomed the partnership with the UK Government through
BIS and OCS, in organising this forum, “Given that Cybercrime is
‘borderless’, an international approach to prevent cyber threats is needed
to combat cyber challenges. While it is important for developing countries
to participate at the forum and gain knowledge, it is also crucial for the
developed countries to provide the support in building the skills and
competencies needed to ensure that the entire Cyber space is safe and
The Cyber security Forum will aim to create awareness of the many facets of
cyber threats and alert stakeholders of the need to adopt robust Cyber
security frameworks. The forum aims to build capacity of the key decision
makers in developing countries to implement strategies aimed at preventing
and responding to Cyber threats in a timely and effective manner. The
conference will provide decision makers with the means to adopt resilient
technical measures, establish appropriate organisational structures and
create robust legal/regulatory frameworks. The forum also aims to facilitate
partnerships and working relationships between the different players in
Cyber security to enable the flow of information, expertise and
resources.  Speakers
at the conference are expected to include policy makers, regulators, law
enforcement authorities, service providers and other stakeholders.
For more information on the event, please visit
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