Bob F. Jalang’o,
Ambassador/Permanent Representative & Chairman of Working Group on Informatics
Kenya Mission to UN, New York.
The Global InfoSec 2002 Conference is a follow-up to the successful Global E-commerce 2002 Conference, E-commerce and E-government operation in a world at risk conference that took place at the United Nations in February 2002. Invited guest speakers and panelists covered topics on e-government applications, E-commerce, E-administration, E-security, and the role of the UN ICT Task Force in bridging the digital divide that separates the developed from the developing countries.
The September 5-6 2002 Global InfoSec 2002 Conference will therefore present a logical forum for experts to review E-security as an enabling environment in an electronic world and to present alternative securities necessary for protecting installations from cyber attacks.
In recent months, many organizations and institutions have enhanced theirprotection of mission-critical systems from a variety of threats. An organization’s Information Technologies staff has primary responsibility for detecting, preventing, and responding to cyber attacks. However, in reality, the responsibility extends to the organization as a whole. Information Technologies enable virtually everything an organization does, but it brings with it new opportunities for those who would seek to harm or destroy an organization’s infrastructure. Unfortunately, many organizations have invested heavily in IT systems without a corresponding investment in protecting their systems from internal and external threats.
This conference will cover cyber security and information infrastructure protection technologies to be developed to counter threats against attacks, issues about preparedness, protection and threat detection. Audits have reported that while large investments are made on IT systems, very little is proportionally allocated to security systems. The Internet and the World Wide Web have made the situation more complex. Each has significant opportunities to advance society, but each also has simultaneous threats and risks that may not be fully appreciated and understood. The time has come for IT user organizations, however small, to build “firewalls” to protect computers from Internet intruders.
Following the September 11 attacks, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1373 (2001) concerning counter-terrorism in expressing its determination to prevent all such attacks. In any case, the correlation between terrorism and cyber attacks are equally global and serious.
Resolution 1373 notes that “the close connection between international terrorism and transactional organized crime; illicit drugs; money laundering; illegal arms trafficking; illegal movement of nuclear, chemical, biological and other potentially deadly materials; requires coordination of efforts to strengthen global response to this serious challenge and threat to international security.”
The Global InfoSec 2002 Conference will therefore be an appropriate forum for governments, Permanent Missions to the United Nations, NGOs, and Private Sector decision makers to listen to experts and panelists, and to exchange views on this important subject of cyber security.