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IMPACT opens global HQ in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | March 25, 2009
Malaysian government supports cyber security hub with ITU

From left: Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT; YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia; Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 MARCH 2009 The world's first global public-private partnership against cyber threats, IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), has opened its global headquarters in Malaysia.

IMPACT management board chairman, Mohd Noor Amin says that the state-of-the-art facility, located in Cyberjaya, will create partnerships between governments of the world and international private sectors against cyber-threats. The new HQ would also be host to the Global Cybersecurity Agenda, a framework for international cooperation initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) aimed at finding strategic solutions to boost confidence and security in an increasingly networked information society, he said.

We are proud to announce that IMPACT's operations have progressed a long way since our inception, added Amin. From 27 member countries during our launch in May 2008, the collaboration with ITU now allows the 191 member countries access to IMPACT's facilities and enhanced international cooperation.

ITU is the specialised agency of the United Nations for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. 

One the most critical issues of our time

Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues of our time, said ITU secretary-general, Dr Hamadoun Touré. It is a global issue and it is therefore gratifying to see and to be part of this growing coalition against cyber threats worldwide. The collaboration with IMPACT complements our efforts in strengthening cybersecurity and we look forward to expanding the cooperation between governments, the private sector and educational institutions.

Dr Touré said that IMPACT core activities are currently divided under four key divisions: Global Response Centre; Training and Skills Development Centre; Centre for Security Assurance & Research; and finally Centre for Policy & International Cooperation.  It is also supported by an International Advisory Board (IAB), which comprises world leaders from industry and academia.

IMPACT is the brainchild of Malaysia prime minister, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who saw the need for international collaboration against cyber-threats amidst the development of information technology and communications (ICT) and the world's increasing dependency on technology. 

IMPACT is recognised as a multinational organisation and has been provided the initial funding of US$13 million to develop the state-of-the-art facility here in Cyberjaya, said IMPACT's Amin. With Malaysian deputy prime minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak as the new IAB chairman, and the continuous support of our partners worldwide, IMPACT will be able to spearhead global efforts against cyber threats, the key objective of its inception. 

 

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