Another member expressed appreciation that their

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Another member expressed appreciation that their comments on a focal point were taken into consideration – other cross-cutting areas (WSIS implementation, emergency comms) have focal points. Another member agreed with the proposal to create an ITU focal point, but suggested that one might already exist. One member suggested that a focal point already exists in ITU-D, which could be enhanced. Another member believed that the ITU needs to have more flexibility in this area and should not be limited to its mandate. One member stated that ITU’s mandate is defined by its Constitution and Convention and by WSIS C5. The only HLEG proposals that the focal point can implement are those within the ITU’s mandate as set forth in these documents. This member noted that the WSIS outcome documents state that the role of the ITU is as a facilitator or moderator of Action Line C5. “Facilitate” means to “make easier.” “Moderate” means “to preside over”. They do not mean “coordinate” or “manage” or “harmonize.” All of these words imply that the ITU is placing itself in an oversight/ directive role with respect to other organizations, which it is clearly not authorized to do. It is also inappropriate, because although the ITU has expertise in some areas of cybersecurity, it has no expertise in many others. This member stated its view that “coordination’ implies oversight/ direction and is outside the authority of ITU for the reasons expressed below. It stated its view that “harmonization ” implies oversight/direction and exceeds the mandate of WSIS C5. This member suggested that ITU should not get involved in resolving
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78 cybersecurity issues that are beyond the scope of its expertise. It believed that this section is out-of- scope as written and needs to be substantially re-written along the lines of the member’s proposed terms of reference for the focal point, which closely follow the contours of the ITU’s mandate, or alternatively, deleted. 5.2. The second proposal involves general activities for the monitoring, coordination, harmonizing and advocating international cooperation: a) Monitoring - “In order to improve the potentiality for different stakeholders to achieve better synergies through their own initiative, on an optimum cost for benefit basis, and taking in to consideration the current role the ITU plays and the resources at its disposal, it is suggested that the Secretary-General create within the ITU structure a mechanism to gather information about the various projects and initiatives in the field of cybersecurity and to disseminate such information as widely as possible, as an immediate measure. It is further recommended that this mechanism utilizes equally the currently available resources within ITU and the relationships ITU has built with groupings of stakeholders”. At a minimum, ITU should be monitoring the different initiatives and projects related to cybersecurity by various organizations (international, national, private and third sector) as means of and a prelude to promoting cooperation. This does not require much effort in the form of resources and
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  • Spring '12
  • Kushal Kanwar
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