As a result of a three-day workshop in Saint Lucia organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have agreed on a joint action plan to enhance security and tackle escalating cybercrime.
The action plan acknowledges the threat posed by cybercrime to citizens, particularly children, and recommends that countries upgrade their laws, to strengthen regional co-operation and help governments address cyber security vulnerabilities.
These recommendations are based on the findings of needs assessments carried out in Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados. The studies found that cyber attacks have increased within the region but few cases are reported and managed due to resource shortages and perceived reputational damage.
The plan states: “Implementing effective cyber security and preventing and combating cybercrime requires a multi-sectoral approach, involving the development of strategies, legislation, criminal justice and information communication technology expertise, awareness raising, and international cooperation, and involves political, private sector, and civil society leadership at the highest level.”
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