DPI Guyana published an article on June 14th, 2017 about the opening remarks by Minister Catherine Hughes at the Opening Ceremony for a Cybersecurity Workshop.
The remarks that highlight the state of Guyana’s digital advancements and the anticipated threats to promote cyber awareness is by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes.
- Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of a Cybersecurity Workshop for Education stakeholders, Minister Hughes emphasized how it is important in Guyana as it is around the world that the internet is used for the furtherance of developments rather than malicious intent.
- There have been incidents of cyberbullying in schools, including personal images and videos being shared to embarrass students and their colleagues.
- Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications is working to bring wider access to the internet for citizens and students to perform research and find opportunities, they are anticipating the negative effects it could have that causes threats to security.
- Minister Hughes mentioned a mantra for internet safety that advises to, STOP and THINK before you CONNECT, which is part of a global initiative for providing internet safety educational resources that students and parents can take advantage of for their benefit.
- The Minister wants parents to become conscious of the possibilities lurking behind their children’s digital devices and teach them to be cautious about who they contact over the internet and deal with online bullies.
Contributed by: Jason Jacobs from Guyana. Jason is a member of the CCST Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about CCST (Caribbean Cyber Support Team) by visiting caribbeancst.org. CCST is a collaborative group on the Discord platform for Caribbean people in IT, from beginners to experts.