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Tackling cybersecurity threats
More affordable Internet connectivity and increased e-business activity has an interesting side-effect the world over. The more connected countries, business, governments and people become, the greater the risk that they will exposed to online criminal activity, or worse, become victims of cybercrime.
The Caribbean is not immune. In the recent past, hackers and cybercriminals have targeted the region’s governments, financial institutions, businesses and even educational institutions. All signs point to such incidents increasing, not decreasing, as the region presses forward with its technology development agenda.
Improving the quality of life and strengthening global competitiveness is now inextricably linked to investment in and appropriation of information and communications technology (ICT). However, the real downside of organised online crime, hacktivists, saboteurs, and other malicious users is pushing some Caribbean countries to urgently ramp up their cybersecurity efforts. Sadly, not all Caribbean governments or companies fully understand the ramifications of cyber-threats or the priority of having a coordinated approach to addressing cybersecurity.
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