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Azerbaijan’s initiative on new cybersecurity convention receives support

ICT Materials 6 September 2018 17:33

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 6

By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:

Many international experts support the importance of considering the issue of international convention on cybersecurity at the level of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Azerbaijan was also among the initiators of the convention, the source in Azerbaijan’s IT market told Trend.

Earlier this initiative didn’t receive the unanimous support of the world community, despite that countries increasingly make claims to each other in connection with the frequent incidents in the virtual environment, according to the source.

“Despite that work in this direction isn’t as active as it was before, and the issue of lack of mechanisms and convention on cybersecurity at the ITU level isn’t mentioned so often, nevertheless, the availability of such tool is still in demand,” the source said.

ITU is a specialized agency of the UN in the field of information and communication technologies, and the adoption of any convention at the UN level is a very complex process, according to the source.

“Not all member countries of this organization consider the issue of adopting an international convention on cybersecurity unanimously, many of them proceed from their own interests,” the source noted.

“Azerbaijan was one of the initiators of this convention’s adoption in the ITU,” the source said. “Of course, this issue doesn’t entirely depend on us. In recent years, this issue hasn’t been raised as part of UN meetings, although it was relevant under the previous leadership of the ITU.”

“Probably the reason why the issue of the international convention on cybersecurity faded into the background is related to other, no less important issues of a global nature that are now on the agenda,” the source added. “International experts themselves note the importance of considering the issue regarding an international convention on cybersecurity. Many countries joined the Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe. It would've been different at the UN level.”

The ITU isn’t preparing such kind of document because it is not a priority for many countries, and this apparently requires the leadership of any country in this matter, according to the source.

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