Jamaica’s new Cyber Security Strategy

ICT Pulse published an article written by Michele Marius, on the 11th of February 2015 titled “A quick look: Jamaica’s new Cybersecurity Strategy”. Here’s a quick summary just for you.

After experiencing an increase in cyber security breaches, Jamaica’s National Cyber Security Strategy was released to the public. This strategy was established by the National Cyber Security Task Force established by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, outlining improved methods to better address Jamaica’s cyber landscape.

The strategy is guided by six principles which are:

  • Leadership
  • Shared responsibility
  • Protection of fundamental rights and freedom
  • Risk management
  • Innovation and business development
  • Sustainable resources.

These aim to incorporate a balance of cyber security for the government, businesses, and citizens of Jamaica.

Along with these, four key strategic objectives follow, which are Technical measure, Human resource and capacity building, Legal and regulatory and Public education, and awareness, accompanied by a list of strategic activities that would satisfy these objectives.

Overall, the document is said to be beautifully laid out and straightforward. However, it does fall short when it comes to depth, as some areas need to be more elaborate. The need for international donors also sparks some discussion along with the absence of a team designated to the strategy. The implementation of this strategy is ambitious, but worth looking forward to.

Reference: ict-pulse.com

Contributed by: Chanthea Quinland from Antigua and Barbuda. Chanthea 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.

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