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Hamadoun i touré launched the global cybersecurity

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Hamadoun I. Touré, launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) on 17 May 2007 as a framework for international cooperation to promote cybersecurity and enhance confidence and security in the information society. The GCA seeks to encourage collaboration amongst all relevant partners in building confidence and security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The GCA has benefited from the advice of an expert panel, the High-Level Experts Group (HLEG) , on the complex issues surrounding cybersecurity. The HLEG is a group of specialists in cybersecurity, comprising more than one hundred experts from a broad range of backgrounds in policy-making, government, academia and the private sector. This Report is the final Report from the Chairman of the HLEG to the Secretary-General of the ITU , Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, for his consideration. It has been drafted on the basis of the deliberations of the HLEG. I should like to extend my sincere thanks to the Work Area leaders and all HLEG Members for their active participation and superlative contributions, which have helped make the collaborative efforts of the HLEG a success and have made this Report possible. 2 THE GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY AGENDA (GCA) Cybersecurity is one of the most profound challenges of our time. The rapid growth of ICT networks has created new opportunities for criminals to exploit online vulnerabilities and attack countries’ critical infrastructure. Governments, firms and individuals are increasingly reliant on the information stored and transmitted over advanced communication networks. The costs associated with cyberattacks are significant – in terms of lost revenue, loss of sensitive data, damage to equipment, denial-of-service attacks and network outages. The future growth and potential of the online information society are in danger from growing cyberthreats . Furthermore, cyberspace is borderless: cyberattacks can inflict immeasurable damage in different countries in a matter of minutes. Cyberthreats are a global problem and they need a global solution, involving all stakeholders. At the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) , government leaders recognized the real and significant risks posed by cybercrime and entrusted the ITU to take the leading role in coordinating international efforts on cybersecurity, as sole Moderator/Facilitator of WSIS Action Line C5 , “Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs”. In response to this mandate, the ITU Secretary-General , Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda on 17 May 2007 as a framework for international cooperation aimed at proposing strategies for solutions to enhance confidence and security in the information society. It seeks to build on existing national and regional initiatives to avoid duplication of work and encourage collaboration amongst all relevant partners. The GCA is built upon five key Work Areas :
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65 Work Area one, “Legal measures” , sought to develop advice on how criminal activities committed over ICTs could be dealt with through legislation in an internationally compatible manner.
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