Jamaica has announced plans that it is working towards the development of a National Cyber Policy in 2020.
Speaking at a Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Hilton Resort and Spa in St. James, Jamaica’s minister of national security, Dr. Horace Chang said that the policy will help protect citizens from cybercrime.
Chang added that “we will also be seeking to ensure that the entire government service has a reliable and robust cyber platform on which to operate and delivery quality and safe online service.”
The platform will be achieved through the work of many agencies such as e-Gov Jamaica and the National Cybersecurity Strategy.
The minister went on to discuss how the National Identification System (NIDS) Bill will further strengthen Jamaica’s cybersecurity framework and will support “the modernisation of our information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure,” as well as facilitate the introduction of a multilayered technology security system.
Currently, the Jamaican government is at the midst of finalising a Data Protection Bill which will provide a “much-needed framework and guidelines for securing and protecting our people’s data.”
Chang emphasised the importance of maintaining strategic partnerships in order to identify, analyse and evaluate cyberthreats.
One collaboration the minister discussed was between the Jamaican Cyber-Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the Organisation of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE).
“This regional strategy is essential to building our capacity and infrastructure, enabling detection, effective investigation and prosecution in cybercrime-related matters. This regional response is timely, given the transnational crimes and cybersecurity vulnerabilities that are affecting our countries.”
“It is with this in mind that I urge the countries of the region to actively participate in efforts to combat transnational organised crimes, and expand coordination and cooperation, in order to effectively protect national and regional assets and interests,” Dr. Chang added.
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