No data are completely secure; how can governments and citizens most effectively manage this?

Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) Workshops

Cyberspace, which encompasses the Internet and all forms of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), presents enormous opportunities for socio-economic development across the world. It is therefore imperative to assure the safety, security and resilience of the infrastructure, of the information content that runs through it and of the users. However, the complexity of this vast and sometimes difficult to define network, along with the people involved, requires a cohesive approach involving a broad range of stakeholders that extend well beyond individual governments.

The need to enhance cybersecurity and protecting critical information infrastructures are essential to each nation’s security and economic well-being. At the national level, this is a shared responsibility that requires a coordinated multi-stakeholder action related to the prevention, preparation, response, and recovery from incidents. Where as at the regional and international level, this entails cooperation and coordination with relevant partners. The formulation and implementation of a national framework for cybersecurity and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP) requires a comprehensive approach.

Following the adoption of the Commonwealth Cybergovernance Model , which contains key principles that Commonwealth countries could adopt in the governance of Cyberspace. In 2014, the CTO developed the Commonwealth Approach for Developing National Cybersecurity Strategies to serve as a guide for countries to develop their individual National Cybersecurity Strategies. The guide provides practical advice and proposes actions that can be adapted by countries to suit their individual circumstances.

In order to understand this approach, the CTO held six regional CIIP workshops, which consisted of stakeholders mainly from relevant government ministries, agencies, departments, private and public sector, academia and civil society groups.

Region Location Partner start date finish Date
Southern African Regional Workshop  Gaborone, Botswana Ministry of Transport and Communications of Botswana 23/3/2015 24/3/2015
West African Regional Workshop  Yaoundé, Cameroon Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cameroon & ITU 24 – 27 February 2015
East African Regional Workshop  Nairobi, Kenya Communications Authority of Kenya 20 – 21 November 2014
Caribbean Regional Workshop  Georgetown, Barbados Ministry of Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Investment of Barbados 17 – 18 November 2014
Pacific Regional Workshop  Port Villa, Vanuatu Government of Fiji & ITU 22 – 26 September 2014
South Asia Regional Workshop Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Board 10 – 11 September 2014
South Asian Regional CIIP Workshop Colombo, Sri Lanka National Information Technology Conference (NITC) & Computer Society (CS) in Sri Lanka 25 – 28 August 2014

Further Information:

For more information on the programme please contact:
Technical Support and Consultancy Division
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