Dominica Gets Help With Development of Its Cyber-Security Strategy

Organization_of_American_States_General_AssemblyROSEAU, Dominica — A delegation from the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States (OAS) visited Dominica last week to conduct a workshop on the development of a national cyber-security strategy for the country’s government.

The delegation was led by OAS cyber-security specialists and included the participation of representatives from the Estonian Information System Authority, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union. The three-day workshop was aimed at the development of a national cyber-security strategy and the provision of technical training on incident response and cyber forensics.

During the workshop, participants heard expert advice on approaches to the development and implementation of a national strategy and began drafting key components of the strategy through working groups. In addition, the OAS partnered with the Estonian representatives to assist participants in the development of a road map for the establishment of a cyber-security incident response team.

The visit forms part of a larger offer of assistance to help Dominica develop its national cyber-security strategy and includes appropriate follow-up support to facilitate expedient development and adoption of the strategy and related activities. Previously, in April, a team visited the country to carry out a national cyber-crime assessment, as part of the Commonwealth Cyber Crime Initiative.

The minister for information, telecommunication and constituency empowerment of Dominica, Ambrose George, said, “The government of Dominica has taken the initiative to enact cyber-security legislation as a first step to combating this growing economic threat. Legislation in and of itself is insufficient as it only forms a pillar to many sides of this emerging cancer in our cyber world. It is for this reason the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica pledges its continued commitment to see the process of the development of our national cyber-security strategy to fruition.”



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