Submitted Proposals

Organization: ITU
Title :
92. ITU Open Forum on Cybersecurity
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Session 1: Opening Remarks

The legal, technical and institutional challenges posed by the issue of cybersecurity are global and far-reaching, and can only be addressed through a coherent strategy taking into account the role of different stakeholders and existing initiatives, within a framework of international cooperation.

ITU is developing its role - in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs - through several diverse initiatives in order to promote a culture of cybersecurity, raise awareness of the issues involved, develop tools promoting end-user confidence and provide technical assistance to Member States.

  • Speaker: Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

Session 2: Global Challenges – Global Action (20 Minutes)

The technical and legal issues associated with cybersecurity are major challenges countries face.  This session provides a review of some ITU-led international initiatives that address global challenges in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.  ITU-R has addressed security aspects in several Recommendations to ensure rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum by all radiocommunication services.

The broad nature of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda has also resulted in interest from other stakeholders and opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. Such initiatives include support from IMPACT to provide its infrastructure to deliver services such as a Global Response Centre, training and skills development, security assurance, research and international cooperation and the launching of the multi-stakeholder Child Online Protection initiative for joint action to promote the online protection of children worldwide.

  • Speaker: Peter Major, Head, Space Application Software Division, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
  • Speaker: Mohamed Shihab, Technical Advisor, Office of the Chairman, International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Threats (‘IMPACT’)

Session 3: Cybersecurity Work Programme to Assist Developing Countries (20 Minutes)

This session provides a review of initiatives aimed at helping developing countries improve their capacity in the cybersecurity area, including providing expertise and managerial support for activities related to cyber legislation (e.g. anti-spam legislative surveys, assessment of national cybercrime legislations) and research on the financial and economic aspects of network security, malware and spam.ITU-D initiatives on working with partners from the public and private sectors on specific cybersecurity/Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) to assist developing countries in (a) creating awareness and self-assessment programs, and (b) in setting up watch, warning and incident response capabilities will be reviewed during this session. 

  • Speaker: Patrick Mwesigwa, Director, Technology and Licensing, Uganda Communications Commission
  • Speaker: Suresh Ramasubramanian, Consultant, India  

Session 4: Role of Standardization in Cybersecurity (20 Minutes)

This session addresses the development and use of standards in Cybersecurity, such as Recommendations in the domains of vendor‑neutral frameworks for automatic notification of security information and updates, guidelines for service providers for addressing malware, framework, technical strategies and technologies for countering spam.ITU-T SG 17 is ITU’s lead Study Group for work on security in the use of ICTs and has approved many Recommendations on security, namely X.1205 (“Overview of cybersecurity”), among many other significant recommendations. Q.17/17 (TSB Circular 91) continues work on Recommendations on technical means for countering spam. 

  • Speaker Kremer Arkadiy S., Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 17  

Open Discussion

Outcomes and closing remarks


Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?