Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to be Patron of Global CyberLympics Competition

PR WEB Summary: Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has officially been appointed as the Patron of the Global CyberLympics which is the World’s first international team ethical hacking championships. With that appointment, Dr. Toure will become Chair of the Global CyberLympics Advisory Council (GCAC).

January 26, 2012, ALBUQUERQUE, NM –The Global CyberLympics organizing committee is pleased to announce the official patronage of the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

Created by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges that started from September 2011 across different global regions. The top 8 teams, determined during the respective regional championships held in Budapest, Dubai, Miami and Kuala Lumpur, will be vying for the world championship title during the world finals that will be held in Virginia, USA in March 2012.

“Our purpose with the Global CyberLympics initiative is to help establish true cybersecurity partnerships across borders,” said Jay Bavisi, Chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council. “With the leadership and guidance from Dr. Toure in his capacity as Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Council, we are confident of expanding the outreach of this initiative globally, raising awareness to global peace through cyber games.”

Dr. Toure said, “I accept the role of Honorary Chair with pleasure and look forward to contributing positively to the success of this initiative. The achievement of global cyberpeace must be a key objective for governments, the private sector and the international community. As Secretary General of the UN Specialized Agency on ICTs, I am fully committed to facilitating dialogue among all relevant stakeholders, in order to reach the overall goal.”

The games come at a crucial time as global cyber threats appear to be escalating. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, the annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities is $6 to $20 billion as a result of hacking. In a recent article about cyber espionage attacks against the US, the magazine Vanity Fair even referred to 2011 as “the Year of the Hack.”

The EC-Council’s mission with the Global CyberLympics is to unify global cyber defense through the games, along with the following objectives:

The Global CyberLympics is also endorsed by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

For more information about the Global CyberLympics, please visit: http://www.cyberlympics.org

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL:

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT) and Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members. EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. For more information about EC-Council visit www.eccouncil.org, follow @ECCouncil on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit EC-Council’s Facebook page.