Annual Information Security Meeting at the United Nations, 3 June 2004
Opening Statement by the President of ECOSOC
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you on behalf of the United Nations Economic and Social Council to this important event examining information security best practices and solutions. We are particularly happy to welcome the many members of the private sector who are participating today.
I would like to recognize the Association for Information Technologies (AIT) for its ongoing cooperation with the United Nations community, including in the organization of high-level series of meetings, which bring together diplomats, officials and business executives.
We all share a common interest in ensuring that users – governments, businesses, and individuals – have confidence in the security, stability and sustainability of information flows. Without that trust, the full value of ICTs as an enabler of the Millennium Development Goals and a catalyst for social and economic growth can never be realized.
At the recent World Summit on the Information Society, it was affirmed that governments and the private sector must collaborate to build greater confidence in the Internet and improve its security. The WSIS Declaration of Principles calls upon all stakeholders to strengthen the “trust framework” and foster a “global culture of cyber-security.”
Today we will learn more about how we can work together to respond to threats such as spam, hacking, cyber-crime and the misuse of ICTs, and to protect consumers, promote electronic transactions and share good practices in the field of information security and network security. In doing so, it is also vital that we discuss how to best protect valued human rights — especially the rights to privacy and freedom of expression — from being undermined.
This sort of multi-stakeholder dialogue is the hallmark of this meeting’s co-sponsor, the United Nations ICT Task Force. In 2001 the Task Force was launched by the Secretary-General at the request of the Economic and Social Council in order to mobilize information and communication technologies in the service of development. Its members — representing governments, the private sector, civil society, non-profit foundations and multilateral organizations — have focused on leveraging ICT to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. It is very appropriate that it should support this discussion on information security, which is so fundamental to the creation of a sustainable, inclusive Information Society.
We welcome the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussion with the accomplished professionals and academics that will share their knowledge and experience here today. I thank you.
|Special Guest Speaker The Honorable Frank Libutti, Under Secretary, IAIP US Department of Homeland Security, Lt. General, USMC, Retired, and Mike Lackey, President, AIT||Dennis R. Moreau, Chief Technology Officer, Configuresoft, led the discussion on “Achieving More Comprehensive Information Security through the Application of Configuration Management Techniques.”|
|Sarbuland Khan, Mike Lackey, and General Frank Libutti discussing CyberSec currents at AIT’s Special Luncheon||Brad Hildreth, Vice President, Information Security Consulting, AIT, presented on “User Provisioning: Increasing Security While Lowering Costs.”|
|Ernest J. Schirmer, Director of Technology Consulting, Acentech, Inc., discussed “Infrastructure Design for Survivability: trends and practices.”||Paul Calento, VP, InfoWorld Media Group, led the excellent panel on “The Rising Cyber Terrorism Threat.”|
|Douglas E. Dormer, President & CEO, Black Dragon Software, explained the in’s and outs of “Information Security Risk Measurement”||Gary Jackson, PhD, Psynapse, provided a high level view on cyber terrorism|
|General Libutti’s presentation captivated the audience||Ambassador Marjatta Rasi “Opening the Meeting”|
|Sarbuland Khan, Executive Director, UN ICT Task Force, Marjatta Rasi, Permanent Representative and Ambassador, Finland to the United Nations, and Mike Lackey, President, AIT||AIT’s Carol Lackey, flanked by Keynotes and Presenters, during the pre-Meeting “UN Tour” organized by AIT|
|Mike Lackey and Sarbuland Khan at the closing of the excellent Meeting, that drew over 600 attendees from around the world.||Wahid Nawabi (Right), Director, Worldwide Enterprise Segment, APC, detailed “Emerging Trends and Technologies in Data Center Infrastructure”|
|Scott S. Christie, Esq., Assistant US Attorney, District of New Jersey, explained the legal aspects of “Combating Cybercrime”||Paul Calento, VP, InfoWorld, and Ambassador Marjatta Rasi at AIT’s Special Luncheon|
|Robert V. Caltabiano, ATSAIC (Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge), New York Field Office, U.S. Secret Service. Agent Caltabiano helped everyone in the audience with his presentation on “Recent Trends in Identity Theft and the Internet.”||Tom Hoffman, Editor at Large, Computerworld, led the expert panel on “Configuring your IT Infrastructure, Applications, and Policies to Promote a More Secure Computing Environment.”|