Cyber Security Strategy in Developing Nations: A Jamaica Case Study

Walden University published a document about a case study on cybersecurity strategy in developing nations, specifically in Jamaica. Here’s a quick summary just for you.

Developing countries have been slow to formulate and implement cyber security strategies, despite an increase in threat to governance and public security. A qualitative case study investigated how the government and the private sector in Jamaica viewed the state of cyber security in the country and how the country was implementing a strategy to respond to cyber threats.

Key points:

  • The problem highlighted in the study was that, at the time of the review at the end of 2013, Jamaica had not published a National Cyber Security Strategy, although the most recent national security strategy listed cybercrime as a significant concern (Clayton, 2012).
  • While the nation had cyber-crime legislation, implementation was minimal and suffered from a lack of awareness and cooperation both locally and internationally.
  • The goal of the study was to provide insights into the development of cyber security policy and the enforcement of cyber security strategies in Jamaica, which may provide lessons for other countries in the area.
  • The researcher used an iterative and systematic process to evaluate the data collected through a study of regulations, administered questionnaires and interviews conducted on a purposeful sample of government, the private sector, the public sector, and academia
  • The results of the analysis showed that cyber security policy was being formulated in Jamaica, but the process was far from complete.
  • Although specific findings are limited to Jamaica, some generalizations are possible because there is a lack of adequate data collection on cyber incidents in Jamaica.
  • In the end, the study concluded that implementing a robust cyber security strategy would better position Jamaica to reap the rewards of the Internet-enabled economy and help it overcome the digital divide.
  • Additionally, a National Cyber Security Strategy that highlights emerging international best practices identified in the research will add to national development and positive social change.


Contributed by: Sabrina Shim from Jamaica. Sabrina is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting  Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.

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