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Ministry of Planning tackles cybersecurity

Published: 
Friday, September 1, 2017
Chaguanas Mayor His Worship Gopaul Boodhan (3rd from left) is flanked by Rayan Ramoutar, Consultant with the GSPP; Tracy Hackshaw, Programme Manager & Head of the Programme Execution Unit GSPP; Raj Ramdass, Director RSC International; Sugan Ramdass, Director RSC International; Chrisen Maharaj, Manager, Capacity Building and Programme Financing EXPORTT.

The Ministry of Planning and development, through the rollout of an Inter-American Development Bank-funded initiative called the Global Services Promotion Program (GSPP) is attempting to bring greater attention to the threats and opportunities that exist in the space of cybersecurity for citizens in T&T.

According to a release on the ministry’s website, the programme is being implemented by the ministry with the objective of “driving Trinidad and Tobago’s economic transformation/diversification using information technology enabled services (ITeS) to broaden opportunities in other economic sectors, especially with the current challenges in the oil and gas industry.”

The release noted that since the launch of the programme in November 2016, a number of initiatives have been undertaken including “a training session with Google for students and IT practitioners, collaborations with the business community, seminars for schools involving building computer systems, an internet of things workshop with IBM and most recently a cybersecurity workshop involving secondary school students, tertiary level students and IT professionals.”

The cybersecurity workshop, the release said, was a “collaboration with RSC international, which focuses on enhancing education through technology”.

The cybersecurity session involved introducing participants to the basic of cybersecurity hardware and software, while explaining “the importance of this arm of ICT in the financial, business and education sectors.”

The Mayor of Chaguanas, Gopaul Boodan was on hand to encourage participants to grasp the many opportunities the cybersecurity and ICT space offered.

The release added that cybersecurity experts were being increasingly demanded across the globe

“A key fact is that globally, countries cannot meet the demand for cyber security experts, especially in the recent wake of public and private cyber-attacks involving ransomware.”

It stated that jobs in the cybersecurity sector could pay anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000 depending on an individual’s experience and certification.

The ministry noted that through the GSPP it hoped to give exposure to the “myriad of opportunities in the ITeS sector”