Jamaica’s plan to create a national Cyber Security Policy

Infosecurity Magazine published an article written by Sarah Coble, on the 4th December 2019 about Jamaica’s plan to create a national cybersecurity policy in 2020. Here’s a quick summary just for you.

While at the Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean Dr. Horace Chang the Minister of National Security proposed a strategy to protect the nation from cybercrime. He states that this can be done by ensuring the entire government service has a reliable cyber-platform on which to operate and deliver safe online service, through the work of agencies such as e-Gov Jamaica.

Dr. Chang also elaborated on how the National Identification System (NIDS) Bill of 2017 would strengthen the nation’s level of cybersecurity. Under this bill citizens will be given a National Identification Number (NIN) for life and a National Identification card (NIC).

The Minister also spoke on another bill called the Data Protection Bill. This provides the guidelines for securing and handling the personal data of citizens. Having requirements such as data can only be obtained for a specific purpose with the consent of the individual.

Finally, he highlighted the importance groups such as Jamaica Cyber-Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) collaborating, to greater protect the people of Jamaica.

Reference: infosecurity-magazine.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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