Upcoming ITU Workshop: ICT Security Standardization Challenges for Developing Countries

The analysis of ICT security challenges and capacity building in the deployment of international ICT security standards will be the focus of a workshop at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, 15-16 September.

The workshop is free of charge and open to all, and interested parties are invited to register as participants before 1 September. The workshop will be followed by a two-week meeting of ITU-T Study Group 17 (Security), the standardization expert group responsible for the security of network infrastructure, services and applications, and technical languages and description techniques.

The workshop aims to enhance standardization competence by advising on the technical composition and best-practice implementation of international ICT security standards. The event will advance collaboration in the security activities of ITU’s standardization and development sectors (ITU-T and ITU-D), in addition benefiting ITU-T collaboration with other standards-setting organizations.

The workshop’s speakers represent a cross-section of leading organizations in the field, spanning the public and private sector as well as developing and developed countries. The programme places emphasis on discussion and key conclusions will feed into the subsequent meeting of SG17.

The agenda features cybersecurity, data protection, trust services and cloud computing, with a focus on standardization and the role of ICTs in safeguarding critical infrastructure. A detailed breakdown of topics and speakers is provided by the workshop’s programme. The focus of each session can be summarized as follows:

  • ICT infrastructure development, new security threats and countermeasures
  • End user security roundtable gathering the views of both the public and private sector
  • Cybersecurity and data protection
  • Trust services and cloud computing security
  • ICT role in critical infrastructure protection
  • The nature and likely evolution of the security standardization challenges addressed in the work of ITU-T and other leading standards bodies

More information on the workshop’s content and practical arrangements can be found on the workshop’s webpage.

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