Jamaica Gleaner published an article on December 4th, 2019, about the Government of Jamaica working towards developing a National Cyber Policy in 2020.
This development began at a Cyber Security and cyber crime workshop where the Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang met with the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Favyal Williams along with other stakeholders to discuss the evolving threats of cybercrime which the government wants to mitigate with the development of a National Cyber Policy in 2020.
- The Jamaican government is working to develop a National Cyber Policy in 2020
- The efforts of this development are a response to the increase of cybercrime in the nation that is affecting the general public as a whole
- Chang specified the development of a reliable and robust cyber platform for the entire government service, which will deliver quality and safe online services.
- The success of implementing these services will involve the e-Gov Jamaica agency along with the National Cyber Security Strategy
- Citizens of Jamaica will receive enhanced protection from cyber threats and cyberattacks through the new National Identification System (NIDS) Bill.
- The NIDS Bill will support the modernization of the countries ICT infrastructure while introducing a multilayers technology security system to mitigate vulnerabilities associated with cyber activities.
- The effective implementation of this National Cyber Security Strategy includes a partnership with the Jamaica Cyber-Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE).
- Through this partnership, Jamaica will implement a security information and event management system (SIEM) that will detect and provide logs for security events in computer systems.
- The security minister further argued that data protection is critical to the security infrastructure of the governance system and for this reason, the government has sought the finalization a Data Protection Bill
Contributed by: Jason Jacobs from Guyana. Jason is a member of the CCST Discord group. 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.