ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. We have a broad range of public and private sector membership, including 193 member states, as well as ICT regulators, leading academic institutions and some 700 private companies and academia. Our mission is committed to connecting all people in the world, as well as protecting and supporting everyone’s fundamental right to communicate.
The core mission of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) is to foster international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance, and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication/ICT equipment and networks in developing countries. ITU-D facilitates and enhances telecommunication/ICT development by offering, organizing and coordinating technical cooperation and assistance activities.
A fundamental role of ITU is to build confidence and security in the use of ICTS. At WSIS, Heads of States and world leaders entrusted ITU to take the lead in coordinating international efforts in the field of cybersecurity, as the sole facilitator. ITU was also instructed Plenipotentiary Resolution 130 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) to assist Member States in the elaboration of appropriate and workable legal measures relating to protection against cyberthreats.
With the help of our membership, ITU brings the benefits of modern communication technologies to people everywhere in an efficient, safe, easy and affordable manner. ITU is aimed to help with the establishment of national cybersecurity strategies, promote cooperation between countries at regional and international levels, and among the public and private sectors, as well as academia to face the challenges imposed by the borderless nature of cybercrime.
ITU’s standardization arm – ITU-T creates global security architectures and frameworks supporting authentication and identity management, security aspects of communication applications, cybersecurity and more. Cyber defenses must be largely technical, procedural, administrative, and most importantly, internationally applicable. Standards are tools offering exactly this form of response.
The ITU Cybersecurity Pavilion will be the only thematic pavilion focusing on cybersecurity issues andincreasing the exposure for participating partners.