Government Information Services Dominica published an article on November 14, 2014, about the steps Dominica is taking to fight cybercrime. Here’s a quick summary for you.
As Information and Communication Technology (ICT) evolves, it is not so much about the technology but rather on the usage of technology to meet basic needs. Dominica has taken steps to ensure potential investors are protected from malicious uses of ICT. Dominica is one of the pioneering countries with CARICOM that is developing cybersecurity strategies to fight cybercrime for the country to be a haven to do online business, which brings both direct and indirect investments.
Every sector of the economy should be involved, especially seeing that the involvement of a legal framework that ensures the ICT sector thrives in a competitive but fair environment. Public awareness of cybersecurity’s role in economic development is vital in the emerging of cyber eco-system, especially with cybercrime on the rise.
The government, in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), hosted a Cyber Security Needs Assessment through the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, the Council of Europe, and the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) through its commonwealth cybercrime initiative.
Cyber legislation has been enacted, including the Electronic Filing Act and the Electronic Evidence Act. Further legislative action will be taken in 2015’s first quarter to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity laws, including the Data Protection Bill and Telecommunications Interception Regulations.
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.