Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, together with ITU (International Telecommunication Union), the United Nations agency for information and communication technology, have announced the main topics for high level discussions on cyber-security at ITU Telecom World 2012 (October 14-18, 2012, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates).
Kaspersky Lab, which is in partnership with ITU and its cyber-security executing arm the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), has contributed to the high-level cyber-security agenda for a series of open and closed debates at ITU Telecom World this year. The debates will feature panellists including thought leaders in the corporate sector, high-ranking policy makers and regulators from around the world. Topics will include national cyber-security in general, mitigating risks posed by major coordinated cyber-attacks at the national level in particular, and strengthening international cooperation in response to the growing threats.
Questions driving cyber-security discussions are as follows:
- Are nations prepared and ready to respond to cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure?
- Is there a need for government and/or international regulation and standardization?
- What are the attribution, deterrence and containment strategies that are already in place, or that need to be put in place?
Eugene Kaspersky to Deliver Keynote Speech
Kaspersky Lab co-founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky will deliver a keynote speech at the event outlining the magnitude and global nature of cyber-threats today. The speech will take place on October 15 at 17:30 in the Al Multaqua room of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will focus on the latest attacks involving highly complex malware, such as Flame and Gauss (discovered by Kaspersky Lab during the course of investigations initiated by ITU and IMPACT), the consequences of such attacks, and possible response solutions.
Commenting briefly on the underlying message of his upcoming keynote, Eugene Kaspersky said: “The threat of cyber-war is very real and very serious, with the potential to cause grave consequences for the human population of the world. And this isn’t some far-off potential threat of the future: the potential to cause catastrophic damage with cyber-weapons already exists. For example, there could be dozens of cyber-war attacks taking place around the world right this minute – about which we know nothing and which for one ominous reason or another don’t end up on the evening news. The only possible solution to getting the upper hand in combatting cyber-weapons of war – both their proliferation and use – lies in effective, decisive international cooperation, and that is why an event like ITU Telecom World is so crucial. The event provides a platform for the much-needed dialogue between industry and governments to enable the development of a framework for the proactive measures that need to be taken as soon as possible.”
ITU Telecom World 2012
Cyber-security is one of a number of core subjects to be discussed at ITU Telecom World 2012. Other topics on the agenda include the impact of big data, cloud computing, M2M, e-Health and new business models and frameworks in the transformed industry. For media accreditation and procedures, please visit http://world2012.itu.int/media-accreditation.
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology. For over 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to new-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology and converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and large enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.