Who we are
The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) is a key partner of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations' (UN) specialised agency, in the effort to ensure the safety of cyberspace for everyone. Being the first comprehensive public-private partnership against cyber threats, ITU-IMPACT serves as a politically neutral global platform which brings together governments of the world, industry, academia, international organisations, and think tanks to enhance the global community’s capabilities in dealing with cyber threats.
IMPACT was established following its official launch at the World Cyber Security Summit (WCSS) in 2008. In the same year, IMPACT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ITU through which both organisations agreed to collaborate in materializing ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). Under the Cooperation of Agreement signed during the World Summit for Information Society 2011 (WSIS) Forum in Geneva in May 2011, IMPACT is tasked by ITU with the responsibility to provide ITU’s 193 Member States access to expertise, facilities and resources to effectively address cyber threats, as well as assisting, as required, UN’s agencies in protecting their ICT infrastructures. ITU-IMPACT is the largest cybersecurity alliance of its kind with a total of 152 countries now formally part of the coalition and strong partnerships.
What we stand for
The dangers of cyber threats continues to evolve and spike at a pervasive rate. The risks are further compounded as increasingly connected societies transcend geographical and physical borders, where stakeholders communicate in realtime. Utilising the same networks and links that bind us globally, cyber threats and attacks are able to strike from virtually anywhere in the world, potentially causing catastrophic social and economic harm to countries that are oceans away.
Governments cannot contain these cyber threats singlehandedly through domestic measures alone. Neither should governments be left to grapple with this danger on their own any longer, as the expertise and skill to combat these cyber threats are largely dispersed across the globe. In many cases, the solution is in the private sector or academia.
There is an absolute need to converge and share the information as well as resources that will escalate the safety of our cybersecurity. Without expert collaboration and knowledge sharing, individual countries lessen their ability to respond to cyber threats and may potentially expose themselves and their neighbours to greater risks online, as perpetrators learn to exploit national, regional and global information and communication technology weaknesses one-by-one.
And this is the void IMPACT fills, enabling governments and stakeholders with vested interests in cybersecurity to converge, connect and collaborate for a tighter and a more cohesive move forward in the defence against adversaries online.