IMPACT Appoints President Blaise Comparé of Burkina Faso as New Chairman of the International Advisory Board (IAB)

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His Excellency Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso has been appointed as the new Chairman of IMPACT’s International Advisory Board (IAB). The handover of the IAB Chairmanship was held in conjunction with the 2nd IAB meeting held during ITU Telecom World 2011 Summit in Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland on 25 October 2011.

“I am delighted to welcome President Compaoré, an active and high-profile advocate of a more global approach to cybersecurity, into the ITU-IMPACT fold, said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, His Excellency Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who was also the founding Chairman of the IAB, attended the ceremony on behalf of current Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Malaysia's tenure of the IAB chairmanship (from 2008-2011) was a period of rapid growth for IMPACT and firmly cemented its leading position as a global cybersecurity organisation. Today, with 137 Member States formally part of the coalition and with strong support from global industry giants and prestigious partners from the academia, ITU-IMPACT has become the largest cybersecurity alliance of its kind in the world.

The landmark agreement signed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva last May positions IMPACT as the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations' (UN) specialised agency. Under the arrangement, IMPACT is entrusted with the task of providing cybersecurity support and services to ITU member states and other organisations within the UN system. In the last 36 months alone, ITU-IMPACT has provided cybersecurity capabilities, services and technical assistance to Member States around the world. These include organising dozens of capacity building programmes across different continents and the deployment of over 200 cybersecurity scholarships in over 40 countries - a remarkable achievement for an organisation that is barely four years old. In recognition of the contributions by the Malaysian Government in supporting ITU-IMPACT's work in strengthening global cybersecurity, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak was last year honoured as the 2010 World Telecommunication and Information Society Laureate.

IMPACT’s new IAB Chairman, President Compaoré brings with him vast experience in telecommunications and international relations to continue to steer this global effort in bringing governments, industry, academia and international organisations together in the fight against cyber threats.

As Chairman, President Compaoré will guide the activities and direction of IMPACT's International Advisory Board. The IAB comprises some of the most distinguished personalities from international organisations, industry and academia. IMPACT’s IAB members currently include:

  •     Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the ITU
  •     Steve Chang, Founder & Chairman of Trend Micro
  •     Ayman Hariri, Chairman of Oger Systems
  •     Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of F-Secure
  •     Eugene Kaspersky, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaspersky Lab
  •     Prof. Fred Piper, Cryptologist, Founder of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway,University of London
  •     John W. Thompson, Chairman of the Board, Symantec Corporation

“I am delighted to welcome President Compaoré, an active and high-profile advocate of a more global approach to cybersecurity, into the ITU-IMPACT fold. Cybersecurity knows no borders; it is only with a truly coordinated international approach that we will win against the growing tide of malicious hackers and cybercriminals,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

Past members include White House Cybersecurity Advisor Prof. Howard Schmidt and Google Chief Internet Evangelist, Dr. Vinton Cerf. Announcement on the appointment of important new additions to the Board is expected to be made soon.

ITU-IMPACT’s achievements are shared with its global partners who has supported and contributed through their expertise, technology, resources and experiences. Some of ITU-IMPACT’s key partners include; Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, Trend Micro, SANS Institute, (ISC) 2, APWG and EC-Council. ITU-IMPACT’s global partnership today sees over 200 industry, academia and international organisations coming together to enhance the global community’s capability and capacity to combat cyber threats.

The handover session will conclude with the 2nd IAB Meeting held the following day. The IAB Meeting is expected to discuss the future direction and strategies for ITU-IMPACT in the face of escalating cyber threats globally. - END-

The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) is the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations' specialised agency - the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As the world’s first UN-backed comprehensive alliance against cyber threats, IMPACT brings together governments, academia and industry experts to enhance the global community’s capabilities in dealing with cyber threats.

Based in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, IMPACT is the operational home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). IMPACT provides ITU’s 193 Member States access to expertise, facilities and resources to effectively address cyber threats, as well as assisting United Nations agencies in protecting their ICT infrastructures. For more information, please visit

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