UN’s ITU deploys new tool for global Web security
Geneva-based High-Tech Bridge provides security assessment solution through SaaS
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN's specialised agency for ICT, yesterday announced deployment of a new tool to enhance website security for ITU member states.
The move was announced at ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, which began on 19 November and ends tomorrow.
The security tool is called ImmuniWeb and was built by Geneva-based company High-Tech Bridge. It is the latest in a range of solutions and services the ITU is making available to its 193 member states, in an attempt to counter escalating cyber threats.
ImmuniWeb provides security assessment solutions through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model. The hybrid service combines a Web security scanner for automated vulnerability assessment, and a manual Web application penetration test performed in parallel by security experts.
"This partnership with High-Tech Bridge, within the framework of the ITU-IMPACT initiative, will assist member states, in particular developing and least-developed countries, to use these tools to improve the security of their websites and counter cyber threats and related vulnerabilities," said ITU secretary-general Dr Hamadoun I Touré.
Ilia Kolochenko, High-Tech Bridge CEO, added: "Web application security is one of the weakest links in corporate information security today. In our experience at High-Tech Bridge, almost 90% of security incidents directly or indirectly involve insecure Web applications.
"Many government institutions don't have enough resources to prioritise information risks and this is why government websites often become the victims of hackers... ImmuniWeb is a perfect decision-making tool that can help even non-technical people to understand their information security risks and properly remediate them."