ITU calls for collaboration to tackle online threats

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The recent discovery of the highly complex Flame malware by Kaspersky Lab reinforces the need for a coordinated response, the UN body said. Flame was discovered by Kaspersky Lab experts following a technical analysis requested by the ITU into an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive information. International cooperation is a key element of ITU?s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). ITU is engaging its member states and all the world’s players in its activities, collaborating closely with its partners to identify current challenges, consider emerging and future threats, and propose global strategies to meet the goals of the GCA. A core element of GCA is the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (Impact), an international public-private initiative — whose membership comprises of 142 countries — dedicated to enhancing the global community?s capacity to prevent, defend, and respond to cyberthreats. Commenting on the urgent need for global collaboration, ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Tour? said, ?Flame is a prime example of why governments and industry must work together to tackle cybersecurity at the global level. ?Early warning of new threats is vital and it is critical that best practice on required corrective steps is shared in order to best protect the global information society. This is the value in building a global coalition?. ]]>

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