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16 October 2009

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The Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation developed by ITU highlights the increasing cybercrimes with the internet revolution and the need for international legal framework to combat it. The documents underlines various measures and activities to boost global cybersecurity.

ITU Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation

Publisher: International Telecommunication Union, 2009

The interconnected networks of the Internet have enabled unprecedented economic opportunities and linked populations around the globe in ways never before possible.

The benefits of the Internet, however, are being
undercut by those exploiting its capabilities to the detriment and harm of others.

Improvements in security are required in order to ensure the continued positive contributions of the Internet.

A necessary and vitally important protection mechanism is a harmonized international legal framework to combat cybercrime.

Although such a harmonized framework exists for international trade and services, there is not an
equivalent framework applicable to the communications that support these activities.

A number of international initiatives aimed at improving the security of cyberspace precede the work of the ITU Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation project. The United Nations (UN) has been a forerunner in promoting global approaches to cybersecurity.

The ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda, its work in its Telecommunication Development Bureau programme, and other efforts build on all of various activities to boost the state of cybersecurity globally.

The Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation addresses the first of the seven strategic goals of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), which is the elaboration of strategies for the development of cybercrime legislation that is globally applicable and interoperable with existing national and regional legislative measures by providing a model law for countries.

The adoption by all countries of appropriate legislation against the misuse of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for criminal or other purposes, including activities intended to affect the integrity of national critical information infrastructures, is central to achieving global cybersecurity.

Source : ITU

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