The Jamaica Observer published an article on December 31, 2020, about the Government putting a fight against cyber criminals. Here’s a summary:
- Project portfolio manager in the Ministry of National Security, Thaddeti Tulloch, says the ministry will roll out a programme on cybersecurity to protect citizens from the evolving threat of cybercrime.
- This strategy was developed by the Ministry of Science, Energy, and Technology in 2015 and is currently being updated and implemented. Awareness, training, and development are needed in Jamaica to address cybercrime. By the end of next year, Jamaica is projected to have one of the most advanced cybersecurity systems in the entire region if successful.
- There has been an increase in behaviors such as online phishing and skimming point of sale machines. Because of this, Senior communication strategist for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Dennis Brooks advised individuals to do more online monetary transactions, be careful of what you click and the websites visited.
- The information they hand over to others and free non-government Wi-Fi networks should also be scrutinized. Blackmailing and ransomware are also on the rise as there have been reports to the police from social media and calls.
Contributed by Racquel Bailey from Jamaica. Racquel is a member of our Women in InfoSec Caribbean (WISC) initiative on Discord. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security. Learn more about WISC at wiscaribbean.org.