Developing a national cyber-security plan

Sunday 10 October 2010

The staggering development of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet, the main network has significantly improved the way people work, live and communicate.
However, there are so many security failures in these ICTs that cybercrime, viruses, worms are increasing nowadays. Therefore, the security of computer networks and applications, known as cyber security has always been a major concern of the different ICT actors, namely the users, operators and even decision-makers. This concern is justified today as cyber attacks are increasingly pernicious and ingenious, compelling the ICTs stakeholders to restlessly ensure security in an attempt to tackle them. This is especially important in Africa as networks and applications are less well-protected than elsewhere, therefore creating a ground that is favorable to the development of cyber attacks from this continent.

DEVELOPMENT OF A NATIONAL PLAN FOR CYBERSECURITY

Any attempt to find a solution against cyber attacks should consider the existing cyber security, but also give a way out towards new networks and services developments such as NGN IP, migration to IPv6, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), etc.

It is in this context that the Regulation Authority (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques - ARCE) in Burkina Faso has requested the support of the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) to help develop a national plan of cyber-security including the search of solutions to existing problems, while taking into account the development of technologies and services.
The development of this plan involves two main steps:

  • 1. Analysis of current context (basic infrastructures, statistics on cyber attacks, level of preparation to difficulties management, users’ level of training and information …) through data collection questionnaires and their analyses.
    The questionnaires are meant for a couple of target groups:
    • Organizations (Private and public firms, operators, ISPs, government structures, institutions, etc ...)
    • End users

Questionnaires are available through invitation. If you wish to participate in this campaign of data collection, please send e-mail to the address cybersecurite (at) arce.bf and indicate your option (organization or end user).

  • 2. The development of a national cyber-security plan that will be used as decision guide and manual to strengthen national, regional or even international cyber-security.

Cyber security is everyone’s concern: Strengthen confidence to better use ICT.