ITU-IMPACT and Turkey collaborate in international cybersecurity exercise
Geneva, 20 May 2014 – A cybersecurity drill was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 15-16 May 2014 aimed at strengthening international cybersecurity preparedness. Organized jointly by the International Telecommunication Union and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (ITU-IMPACT), together with Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), this first international cyber drill in Turkey attracted the participation of 19 countries – Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Romania, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Spain, Sudan, Turkey, and Ukraine.
The International Cyber Shield Exercise (ICSE) aims to bring together national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) practitioners, senior government officials, cybersecurity experts, industry players and other stakeholder groups from ICT across the world under one roof. ICSE 2014 primarily provided a platform for information sharing on key aspects pertaining to cybersecurity with particular emphasis on effective incident handling and international cooperation among the various stakeholders.
The event saw presentations from distinguished cybersecurity experts as well as workshops on Forensic Science and Investigation, Mobile Security and Standardization in Cybersecurity, and Child Online Protection (COP). Participating national CIRTs engaged in a series of real-life cyber threat simulations to assess their incident handling capability.
“We are living in a hyperconnected world where we remain as strong as our weakest link,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “We will continue to work towards building a global movement for global cybersecurity. In order to meet this goal, we need the right tools and measures not only to protect ourselves but also to test the effectiveness of our cybersecurity armour.”
“The cyber drill in Turkey provided a specialized platform for technical experts from CIRTs to acquire more know-how and to test the capabilities attributed to their CIRTs through simulation-of-attack scenarios,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Attack simulations aim to assist countries in developing and implementing operational procedures in response to various cyber incidents, and to identify future planning and process improvements.”
“Bringing together national CIRTs, key cybersecurity stakeholders and industry experts at the same venue allows countries to grasp the importance of public-private partnership as an integral part of the international network in the fight against cyber threats,” said Datuk Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT.
ITU-IMPACT has so far conducted six cyber drills, involving more than 70 countries.
The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) was established in 2008 as the first United Nations-backed global platform that brings together governments, industry and academia in the fight against cyber threats. Through a formal legal agreement signed in Geneva in 2011, IMPACT has been instrumental in supporting the global cybersecurity mandate of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialised agency of the United Nations. In its role as ITU’s cybersecurity partner, IMPACT provides ITU’s 193 member states access to expertise, facilities and resources to effectively address cyber threats, as well as assisting, as required, United Nations agencies in protecting their ICT infrastructures. With 149 countries as partners, ITU-IMPACT is the world’s largest cybersecurity alliance of its kind.