Burkina Faso president appointed new chair of ITU’s cyber security advisory board


Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso

Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, has been appointed chair of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), ITU’s executing arm on cyber security issues.

Mr Compaoré, elected at ITU’s Telecom World 2011 event in Geneva recently, takes over from former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who served as founding chair of the IAB.

ITU-IMPACT currently has a membership of 137 states drawn from global industry leaders and academia and is the largest cybersecurity alliance globally. Other IAB members include: Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU secretary-general; Steve Chang, founder and chairman of Trend Micro; Ayman Hariri, chairman, Oger Systems; Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, F-Secure; Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive, Kaspersky Lab; Prof Fred Piper, cryptologist and founder of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London as well as John W. Thompson, board chairman of Symantec Corporation.