Annual InfoSec Meeting at the United Nations Conference Room 4, United Nations HQs, NYC September 11, 2003
|KUDOS TO ALL –
The September 11, 2003, Annual InfoSec Meeting was one of the best-executed and best-organized Meetings ever organized by the UN ECOSOC Working Group on Informatics, the United Nations, and AIT – since 1988!
Kudos to Ambassador June Y. Clarke, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations and Interim Chairman of the UN ECOSOC Working Group on Informatics, her impressive staff; to Gordon Tapper with his exceptional staff; and, to Glenda Garrido from UN ITSD, for their marvelous support that all contributed to the Meeting’s success.
Our Session Leaders, Speakers, and Speaker Coordinators all performed in an exemplary manner, and combined to impart an enormous amount of information and knowledge to a grateful audience.
OUTSTANDING ATTENDEESHIP, DESPITE A PLETHORA OF OBSTACLES-
Here are just some of the obstacles that had to be overcome:
H. E. Ambassador June Clarke
Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, my task this morning, as interim Chairman of the Ad hoc Working Group on Informatics, is simply to welcome you to the United Nations and to this very important event.
On behalf of the Working Group on Informatics, I also wish to express gratitude to AIT Global and its President Mr. Mike Lackey, for sponsoring today’s meeting and generally for supporting the Group in the fulfillment of its mandate.
It would be remiss of me if I failed to take this opportunity to thank the Group’s last Chairman, Ambassador Bob Jalang’o, former Permanent Representative of Kenya, for his outstanding and visionary leadership over the last few years. Under Ambassador Jalang’o’s stewardship, the group intensified its efforts at promoting partnerships which make the benefits of new information and communications technologies, available to developing countries for development, as envisaged by the Millennium Declaration.
Mr. Chairman the mandate and functions of the Working Group, as determined by the Economic and Social Council include:
Since its formal establishment in 1995, the working group has made significant strides in the achievement of these objectives. The Secretary General in his most recent report to the Economic and Social Council on initiatives taken by the Group highlighted a number of important and highly successful projects and partnerships. He noted that in response to issues raised by the group, the Information and Technology Services Division of the UN has donated over 1,300 computers and printers to Permanent Missions, and some 155 websites, that receive approximately 1.3 million hits each month are now being hosted by the UN.INT server. In addition, through a programme launched by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and co-sponsored by the UN ICT Task Work and the Working Group and INTEL, basic training in information technology is being provided year round to diplomats in New York.
Since its inception, one of the major highlights of the Group’s work has been its association with AIT. This relationship can and should serve as a model for the public-private partnerships being promoted throughout the UN system. On average, at least two major events/conferences jointly supported by the Working group and AIT are held annually. Past conferences have addressed a range of issues of particular significance to developing countries, including disaster prevention and recovery, videoconferencing, Telecomms reform and e-commerce, connectivity, information security, e-government and internet technologies.
These conferences, which bring together representatives from Government, the corporate sector, academia and the NGO community serve to promote the sharing and exchange of knowledge in IT matters, as well as providing a forum for networking among representatives of the various groups. A direct and intended consequence of these regular meetings has been a deeper understanding and appreciation by all concerned, of the challenges faced by each sector in this new digital environment, and a realization that through technology and commerce, our world is much smaller and more interconnected than ever before.
Similarly, the topic for discussion today “controlling and assuring Security in Government an Enterprise Environments” is as significant and important for developing countries, as it is for a Fortune 500 company. Most developing countries today are as technology dependent as developed countries, and in a number of countries including my own, Barbados, governments are seeking to promote the development of viable and sustainable high-tech IT services sectors.
In a recent edition of Business Week it was reported that IT industry experts have estimated that the damage from computer viruses this year could amount to US $13 billion. The same article warns that ” the Summer of So Big provides a jangling wake-up call to businesses, consumers and the software industry” and calls on us to “get serious about cyber security”.
For developing countries, already experiencing declining Foreign Direct Investment flows, the increasing cost of security caused by these attacks and the resultant diversion of resources from maintaining and expanding existing networks and systems- is of major concern, and needs to be addressed at the highest level. The increasing cost of security and damage caused by cyber attacks will inevitably widen the international digital divide and further impede the development and integration of developing of states into the global digital economy.
In conclusion Mr. Chairman, as I have previously stated the relationship between AIT, its constituents and the member states of the United Nations is now a mature one. The time is therefore ripe for us to consider deeper and more complex topics related to information technology for development during our annual meetings. As Secretary-General Kofi Anna has repeatedly warned ” the gap between information haves and have-nots is widening, and there is a real danger that the world’s poor will be excluded from the emerging knowledge based global economy”. While we should not attempt to solve all of the world’s problems during our annual meetings, we must be mindful that if this process is to remain relevant it must continue to show tangible results. As the paradigm of the last few years has illustrated, public-private partnerships can yield fruitful results.
I hope that the knowledge and experience, which will be shared throughout the day, will lead to greater enlightenment for all participants.
I thank you.
|On September 11, 2003, over 700 Diplomats and Executives came to the United Nations to attend the Annual InfoSec Meeting.||New York City was the backdrop for the Annual InfoSec Meeting|
|AIT’s Carol and Mike Lackey, Ambassador June Y. Clarke, and UN ITSD’s Glenda Garrido||Welcome and Opening Declaration – Ambassador June Y. Clarke, Interim Chairperson, UN ECOSOC Working Group on Informatics; Mike Lackey, President, AIT; and, Dan Verton, InfoSec Editor, Computerworld|
|Some of the 700-plus audience members intently listen to and watch Candy Alexander’s presentation.||Ed Roback, Chief IT Security Standards, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), overviewed “NIST Cyber Security Activities and Resources.”|
|Terry Gudaitis, VP Business Development, Psynapse Technologies, discussed “A Proactive Approach to Cyber Terrorism and Insider Threats.”||Candy Alexander, VP International, ISSA, drew attention to, “The Ultimate Challenge – People Factors in Information Security.”|
|Dan Verton, InfoSec Editor, Computerworld, led the Expert Panel on “An Information Security Primer.” Panelists included Dr. Terry Gudaitis, Chief, Business Development, Psynapse Technologies, Ed Roback, Chief IT Security Standards, NIST, Candy Alexander, VP International, ISSA, and Morrow Long, Information Security Officer, Yale University.||Mike Lackey, AIT, and Ambassador Gediminas Serksnys|
|Bob Gaughan, Director, Enterprise Regional Marketing, Nortel Networks. Bob’s covered “Without security, there can be no privacy.”||Audience Members picking up Knowledge from our Speakers!|
|Ambassador Bob F. Jalang’o, former Chairman, ECOSOC Working Group on Informatics, and Ambassador Clarke.||Some of the Guests at the Meeting’s Luncheon, Hosted by AIT|
|Vance Hitch, Chief Information Officer, US Department of Justice, clarified “Secure, Timely Information Sharing.”||Some of the Drawing Winners, who won prizes InfoSec Materials from the World Bank, and for autographed copies of Dan Verton’s book “Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism” (McGraw-Hill, 2003).|
|Dr. Sarah McCue, Principal Advisor, UNDP, with Mike Lackey, AIT||Ambassador Clarke with Christopher McAllister, Enterprise Security Director, Global Infrastructure Services, Unisys, who discussed “King for a Day – Identity and Credential Management in a Business Continuance/Disaster Recovery Situation.”|
|Ronn H. Bailey, Founder, CEO & CTO, Vanguard Integrity Professionals, discussed Protecting Cyberspace, as it relates to Critical Information Infrastructure.||Paul Kirvan, CP&M’s Editor in Chief, led the Expert Panel that discussed Topic: “Preventing Infosec Breaches from Becoming Disasters.” Panelists included Christopher McAllister, Enterprise Security Director, Global Infrastructure Services, Unisys, Ronn H. Bailey, Founder, CEO & CTO, Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Fredrick Thomas Martin, Executive Director of the Government Emerging Technology Alliance (GETA), and Howard Decklebaum, Director, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University.|