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$400,000 Cybersecurity Project To Include Response Team

Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson.

Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson.

By EARYEL BOWLEG

Tribune Staff Reporter

ebowleg@tribunemedia.net

THE government launched the National Cybersecurity Project yesterday that will establish a national computer incident response team.

The project will cost under $400,000 and is scheduled to conclude in September. The government announced last year the execution and commencement of the project in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union.

State Minister for Finance Kwasi Thompson explained yesterday that officials must do all “we can to put mechanisms in place to protect the government’s systems and citizen’s data from exposure to these attacks”.

He added: “The main objective of this project is to assist The Bahamas in assessing our current cybersecurity capabilities, develop a national cybersecurity strategy and establish the national computer incident response team or CIRT to serve as a trusted, central coordination point of contact for cybersecurity, aimed at identifying, defending, responding and managing cyber threats.

“The creation of this national cyber security strategy will include reviewing, revising and implementing cyber legislation for the protection of citizens and clients.”

He highlighted other objectives such as building a knowledge base that supports the country’s development and implementation of a national cybersecurity strategy as well as an approach for the protection of critical information infrastructures.

The project will also support the development of related national cybersecurity platforms, such as national public key infrastructure (PKI), e-government services, national identity, and an access management framework.

He added: “In addition to what we mentioned before and the benefits that we spoke of before, this implementation will open the door for employment opportunities for new careers in cybersecurity and expand the technical skills of many of our people.”

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau, ITU, explained the impact of cyberattacks and cybercrimes.

“In the last year, the COVID health crisis has brought with it an unprecedented surge in online activity sadly accompanied by a corresponding surge in criminality with bad actors taking advantage of the climate of fear, uncertainty...

“We are witnessing a truly disturbing rise in violent and inappropriate online content internet scams... an analysis estimates that material damages of cybercrime alone could exceed staggering $6 trillion this year,” she said.

Comments

KapunkleUp 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Their first mission will be to figure out how to use email.

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moncurcool 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Email? People in government offices cannot even answer a telephone ringing right in front of them.

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ohdrap4 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Lol. They also need to learn how to print pdf.

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bcitizen 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Why don't we work on keeping the power and water on first?

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Sounds expensive. And the Bahamian government is just not capable of this. End result. Total waste of money...

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momoyama 1 month, 4 weeks ago

"..........FNM Bahamian government is just not capable of this." There! Fixed it for you.

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KapunkleUp 1 month, 4 weeks ago

That's right. Let us not forget how much the Christie government has done to bring us into the era of super high tech. Online payments for all government agencies, affordable high speed fiber and WiFi for the masses, 5G infrastructure and so on... FNM or PLP politicians, they are all backward buffoons who wouldn't know a router from a toaster.

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Doesn't matter which of our two useless, incompetent parties are in power, our government is still useless, totally incapable.

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tribanon 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Too late. Our country's entire communications infrastucture is loaded with Red China's state of the art surveilling hardware and software. If Minnis so much as farts the very sinister and evil CCP in Beijing immediately hears about it. Hell, they probably can even smell it in real time half way round the world. LOL

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momoyama 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Actually, it made the world news a few years ago that the real sinister and evil party that has infiltrated 100% of Bahamian telephony (by fooling Hubert Ingraham into letting them splice into our subsea network at their Andros base) is in fact the US government - i.e. the same entity that has you brainwashed into believing that China is some kind of threat. You obviously didn't see that news - or maybe had it brainwashed out via good old fashioned anti-Chinese racism.

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tribanon 1 month, 4 weeks ago

And it was Snowden who later revealed that the intelligence agencies of certain governments, unbeknown to their elected officials, had in fact consented to their countries being used as guinea pigs by the NSA in the testing of its latest surveillance technologies. Not to worry though, the Bahamas now has its very own Spy Statute. LOL

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Seriously. Get help, this obsession with China you have can be dealt with. You don't have to spend the rest of your life scared of the Chinese bro. Get help....

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