Jamaica Ranked Number 1 in Region for Cyber Security

According to Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology,, Jamaica has been recognized on the international stage for its efforts to enhance cyber security measures. Jamaica was at the top nation in the Caribbean region on the Global Cyber Security Index. Jamaica was one of 134 member nations responding to survey questions in 2016 from the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU). The questions were based on the core areas of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). The questions, which were administered via an online platform, determined the commitment of the agency’s member states to making improvements in cyber security through legislation, capacity building, cooperation, projects and programs. Dr. Wheatley was optimistic about the ranking and welcomed efforts of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT), MOCA, & Communications Forensics and Cybercrimes Unit (CFCU), but noted that much more must be done. He also said that Jamaica’s government, through its Cyber Incident Response Team, continues to make cyber security responsiveness stronger and to enhance its public education programs. Wheatley is confident that Jamaica will continue to improve in the cyber security arena in the future and said the nation remains committed to complying with all global standards and best practices in the field.

Pictured Above: Dr. Andrew Wheatley. Photo Credit: Facebook

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