UN forum urges Asia-Pacific nations to band together to fight cyber-crime

23 September 2009

The importance of bolstering international cooperation to combat the rising tide of cyber-crime across Asia and the Pacific was underlined by participants of a regional United Nations information and communications technology (ICT) gathering that kicked off in India today.

Bringing together 120 participants from 19 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) forum in Hyderabad aims to reinforce collaboration and development of a harmonized approach to protecting people against the growth of criminal activity on the Internet.

Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, an ITU Director, noted the progress already made in global collaboration through the signing of an agreement between the agency and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) last year.

The agreement with IMPACT makes state-of-the-art cyber-security measures and early warning systems available to 30 ITU member States.

“These services allow countries to prepare themselves against cyber threats, while at the same time ensuring coordination and cooperation at the national and international levels,” said Mr. Al Basheer.

 

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