MenaFn published an article on February 18, 2019, about the being Turks and Caicos being prodded to create a cybersecurity strategy. Here’s a quick summary for you.
The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has been urged to strengthen its cybersecurity systems as the country plans to invest more in the digital economy.
The request came from Bevil Wooding, Caribbean outreach liaison, at an event in Providenciales hosted by the Turks and Caicos Islands Telecommunications Commission. He highlighted the challenge in cybersecurity for network operators in the Caribbean as networks are susceptible to cyberattacks.
There has been an increase in reports about data breaches and cyber attacks not restricted to developed countries. The Caribbean is not immune to the targets set by cybercriminals. Because of this, a limited technical capacity, outdated legislation, and absence of compliance and disclosure policies leave companies vulnerable to the cybercriminals’ mercy. A cyber breach can bring much liability and destroy reputations, therefore developing the TCI’s cybersecurity capacity should be treated as a top priority.
Partnerships are being developed with Internet organizations such as the American Registry for Internet Numbers will build future efforts for local capacity. The event is an introduction to cybersecurity for the government and the business community, and upcoming events will target consumers and students.
The ARIN Caribbean Forum, in collaboration with CaribNOG, supports efforts to strengthen regional capacity concerning cybersecurity and has agreed to collaborate with Turks and Caicos in their educational and outreach initiatives throughout 2019.
Contributed by Racquel Bailey from Jamaica. Racquel is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at wiscaribbean.org. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.