ITU signs off on new cybersec standards

eGov Innovation Editors
05 Feb 2014
00:00

Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have agreed on new international standards on cybersecurity, cloud computing security and Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) encoding rules for time-critical applications.

These come in parallel with the second edition of Common Alerting Protocol (CAP 1.2), a key standard in the dissemination of emergency warnings.

The new standards now available on the ITU-T website include the first ITU standard on cloud computing security (Recommendation ITU-T X.1601), and cybersecurity risk indicator (Recommendation ITU-T X.1208).

Two standards - Recommendations ITU-T X.1546 (Malware attribute enumeration and characterization) and X.1582 (Transport protocols supporting cybersecurity information exchange) - were also added to ITU’s Cybersecurity Information Exchange (CYBEX), a suite of standardized means to exchange the cybersecurity information demanded by Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTS).

Meanwhile, the standardization of ASN.1 Octet Encoding Rules (OER) embodied by ITU-T X.696 responds to the financial services sector’s need for interoperability and ultra-high-speed structured information exchange.

ITU said the new standards have reached first-stage approval and are now undergoing a final review on course to their approval and publication.

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