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United States hosts security meeting

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE UNITED States Embassy in Kingston, through its Regional Security Office, recently hosted the inaugural Overseas Security Advisory Council general membership meeting recently.

The event was held at Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, St Andrew sought to promote information security cooperation and raise awareness on various threats with potential impact on Jamaican public and private businesses.

The Overseas Security Council was founded in 1985, under Secretary of State George Shultz, when American companies approached Secretary Shultz and asked for a better way to share security information with and among the private sector. OSAC now includes more than 4,000 constituent organisations with more than 10,000 registered users.

US Embassy Kingston's charge d'affaires, Elizabeth Lee Martinez, officially welcomed more than 150 participants. Key presenters included Vincent Cooper, regional security officer and public co-chair; Damion Manderson, assistant superintendent of Police, Jamaica Constabulary Force and Consul General Michael Schimmel.

The event's keynote address was delivered by Dr Kevin Newmeyer, professor of practice in national security affairs at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.

Dr Newmeyer presented on the topic of Cybersecurity Issues in Jamaica.