Jamaica’s efforts to strengthen cybersecurity gains new impetus

ITU_Jamaica_signing3ITU and the Government of Jamaica have signed an agreement that will bring new impetus to the National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), established in 2013. With the new agreement, ITU has committed to providing the CIRT with the necessary software and hardware to support its implementation.

The agreement was signed by Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau and H.E. Mr Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining during  the Caribbean Telecommunication Union’s 25th Anniversary ICT week in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr Sanou said that the implementation of the CIRT in Jamaica “will help to strengthen cybersecurity.” “ITU stands ready to support those countries, like Jamaica, that put cybersecurity on top of their national agenda,” he said. “The implementation of the CIRT will certainly give new impetus to our efforts to create confidence in the use of ICTs.”

CIRT is a key mechanism to strengthen cybersecurity and provides Jamaica with the necessary skills and technical capabilities to respond in an effective manner to cybercrimes.

H.E. Mr Phillip Paulwell said that the establishment of the CIRT “highlights our commitment to create a safer environment for all ICTs users in Jamaica,” and expressed the country’s deep gratitude to ITU “for its continuing support in advancing the country’s ICT agenda.”

Currently there are 101 National CIRT established worldwide.

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