[AfrICANN-discuss] Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to be Patron of EC-Council's Global CyberLympics Competition

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 19:51:52 SAST 2012

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9142497.htmSecretary General of
the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to be Patron of
EC-Council's Global CyberLympics Competition Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, the
Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has
officially been appointed as the Patron of the Global CyberLympics, which
is the World’s first series of international team ethical hacking
championships. With that appointment, Dr. Toure will become Chair of the
Global CyberLympics Advisory Council (GCAC).

 [image: Quote start]EC-Council's Global CyberLympics' goal is to raise
awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security by
unifying Global Cyber Defense through the games.[image: Quote end]

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) January 27, 2012

EC-Council's Global CyberLympics organizing committee is pleased to
announce the official patronage of the Secretary General of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ITU is the United Nations
specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

Created by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is a series of ethical
hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges
that started from September 2011 across different global regions. The top 8
teams, determined during the respective regional championships held in
Budapest, Dubai, Miami and Kuala Lumpur, will be vying for the world
championship title during the world finals that will be held in Virginia,
USA in March 2012.

“Our purpose with the Global CyberLympics initiative is to help establish
true cybersecurity partnerships across borders,” said Jay Bavisi, Chairman
of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of
EC-Council. “With the leadership and guidance from Dr. Toure in his
capacity as Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Council, we are confident of
expanding the outreach of this initiative globally, raising awareness to
global peace through cyber games.”

Dr. Toure said, “I accept the role of Honorary Chair with pleasure and look
forward to contributing positively to the success of this initiative. The
achievement of global cyberpeace must be a key objective for governments,
the private sector and the international community. As Secretary General of
the UN Specialized Agency on ICTs, I am fully committed to facilitating
dialogue among all relevant stakeholders, in order to reach the overall

The games come at a crucial time as global cyber threats appear to be
escalating. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, the annual loss
of intellectual property and investment opportunities is $6 to $20 billion
as a result of hacking. In a recent article about cyber espionage attacks
against the US, the magazine Vanity Fair even referred to 2011 as “the Year
of the Hack.”

The EC-Council’s mission with the Global CyberLympics is to unify global
cyber defense through the games, along with the following objectives:

   -     Capacity Building: Discover new talents, methods and ideas; and to
   encourage development in the field of information security. Besides
   discovering gifted hackers and cyber-defenders, the Global CyberLympics
   will also inspire the development of Information security professionals of
   the future.
   -     Raising Awareness: Educate the global community, especially in
   developing nations and third world countries, on the issues of Information
   security and encourage further development of the field. This will raise
   awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security.
   -     Global Peace: Foster friendship and create cohesiveness between
   information security professionals, whether as an individual, representing
   a corporation or for a national agency, and encourage frequent exchange of
   essential information, technology and skills.

The Global CyberLympics is also endorsed by the International Multilateral
Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity executing arm
of the United Nations’ specialized agency – the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU).

For more information about the Global CyberLympics, please visit:
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