Belize’s news station 7 News released an article titled “A Security Strategy for Cyber Space” on November 26th, 2019 to highlight the steps being taken by the government to combat cybersecurity threats. Here is a quick summary of an interview conducted with an expert on the topic.
Technology is on the rise in Belize, and as a result, the Ministry of National Security has begun exploring various ways to enhance the country’s cybersecurity. With the prevalence of more and more people owning electronic devices such as computers and, smartphones so too are the emergence of predators and hackers seeking access to personal information for exploitation. To combat the threat, the first draft of a “National Security Strategy” was produced.
Daniela Schnidrig, the Program Lead at Global Partners Digital, who was interviewed for this article, offered her opinion on why a cybersecurity strategy was needed in Belize. One of the key takeaways from the interview was the fact that “cyber threats are getting more complex”. To tackle the threat, she reiterated that it required everyone getting involved at every level and, that not even the government alone would be able to tackle these threats. Miss Schnidrig continued by stating that despite Belize starting the effort to develop a strategy to combat these threats years ago, it was only kick-started after the 2017 cybersecurity symposium. The Organization of American States (OAS) also supported the effort and, a multi-shareholder task force was set up to assist with the drafting of the Cybersecurity Strategy.
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.