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Jamaica ranks number one for cyber security in the region

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology is reporting that Jamaica’s efforts to boost Cybersecurity have been given international recognition after the country was ranked number one in the Caribbean region on the Global Cyber Security Index.

According to a report produced by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Jamaica was among 134 member states which responded to questions based on the core areas of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA).

The survey conducted in 2016 through an online platform, measured the commitment of all 193 ITU member states to improving cybersecurity through legislation, projects and programmes, capacity building and cooperation.

According to Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, while he is optimistic about the latest rankings and applauds the efforts of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT), MOCA, & Communications Forensics and Cybercrimes Unit (CFCU), there is still a lot more work to be done.

Wheatley added that the Government through the Cyber Incident Response Team continues to strengthen its cybersecurity responsiveness and boost its public education programme.

He said he is confident that Jamaica’s ranking will continue to improve.

"The overall picture for Jamaica suggests that Jamaica’s Cybercrime efforts have improved significantly even as the country continues to strengthen all four elements of its national cybersecurity strategy.

"There is room for capacity building and cooperation between the public and private sector at all levels but we remain committed to meeting all international standards and best practices” said Wheatley.