Leaders of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to step up their efforts on cyber security.
This comes after a new study, carried out by the two institutions with the support of Oxford University, showed that the region is highly vulnerable to potentially devastating cyber-attacks.
Out of the 32 countries analyzed 14 are members of CARICOM. The report showed that four out of every five countries in the region do not have a cyber security strategy or plans for protecting critical infrastructure. Two out of three countries do not have a command and control centre for cyber security. And a large majority of prosecutors lack the capacity to punish cybercrimes and face other problems as well.
OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez emphasised the organisations commitment to continue working to strengthen the capacity of countries to protect the people, the economies and the critical infrastructure of the region.
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