DPI Guyana published an article on April 28th, 2018, about the Cyber Crime Bill that will protect the state from espionage, sabotage and subversion.
As Cybercrime becomes a global issue, the government of Guyana is making National Security a priority and will strengthen the country’s ability to defend itself from cyber-attacks.
- The nation, Guyana introduced their Cybercrime Bill No. 17 in the year 2016 which was passed in parliament and debated upon.
- Minister of State, Joseph Harmon spoke at a post-cabinet conference, addressing the capability of state agencies being able to respond to cyber-attacks.
- In his response to concerns about Section (18) of the Bill which details the Offenses of Sedition, Minister Harmon said it addresses the security concerns of the government.
- This section details offences of espionage, sabotage, subversion and most of what pose a threat to national security, the Minister explained.
- Minister Harmon pointed out that an attack which threatens any state or institution constitutes an offence.
- Section (18) of the Cybercrime Bill states that “a person commits an offence of sedition if the person, whether in or out of Guyana, intentionally publishes, transmit or circulates by use of a computer system, a statement or words, either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation that brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government established by the law of Guyana.”
- The Minister added that he is sure that in the National Assembly when the matter comes up, participants will have a healthy debate on that section, including the other sections.
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.