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Commentary: Cyber Security: Awareness - Priority No.1

June 13, 2017
Commentary: Cyber Security: Awareness - Priority No.1 The penetration of internet access in the Caribbean region has undoubtedly paved the way for greater access to the information superhighway and the benefits of competing on the global stage. However, with this access comes great responsibility and risk and we will soon learn that ignorance is...

Commentary: WannaCry - A Caribbean cyber security perspective

May 23, 2017
Commentary: WannaCry - A Caribbean cyber security perspective “Organizations who continue to run Windows XP, software, which cannot adequately detect and protect your information assets, and obsolete software, will make your systems easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals, as these systems will be hardest hit as the level of vulnerabilities and exploits...

CARICOM ministers approve integrated work plan for single ICT space

May 22, 2017
CARICOM ministers approve integrated work plan for single ICT space GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers with responsibility for information and communication technologies (ICT) on Friday approved the integrated work plan for the Community’s single ICT space. The approval came during discussions at the 68th special...

Online gamers: How to protect yourself from cybercriminals

May 17, 2017
Online gamers: How to protect yourself from cybercriminals Think you're safe playing online games? Guess again. Video gamers are hacked all the time. Here's how you can protect yourself from a security breach. When you're playing a game, all you want to do is think about the game and not worry about protecting your personal information. Unfortunately in this...

Caribbean girls under cyber attack

May 15, 2017
Caribbean girls under cyber attack BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A cyberbullying victim’s parents have spoken out in Belize against the alarming practice of posting nude photos of young girls online. The couple sits facing away from the camera as they recount the episode that forever changed their daughter’s life. The father, slowly and...

Commentary: Cyber security: Can Caribbean governments defend their borders alone?

May 15, 2017
Commentary: Cyber security: Can Caribbean governments defend their borders alone? The dangers of cyber threats in the Caribbean continue to evolve and spike at a rate never seen before. As the telecoms providers in the Caribbean seek opportunities to increase their revenues through increase internet penetration across the region risks mushrooms. The risks are further...

Belize leads Caribbean race to cyber preparedness

May 13, 2017
Belize leads Caribbean race to cyber preparedness BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Scandalous Facebook pages carrying the name “Belizean Cheaters” sparked public uproar in the country, revealing sexually explicit details of adulterous affairs involving men, women and even children. The sleazy barrage also stoked nationwide concerns about cyber safety.

Caribbean banks see rise in cyber attacks

May 8, 2017
Caribbean banks see rise in cyber attacks BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Imagine doing a routine check on your bank account only to discover that an entire month’s worth of credit had been swiped from your card. The nightmare became reality for one elderly Belizean couple, who fell victim to identity theft. For Alejandro and Leandra Chulin, the story started...

Belize cyber security symposium raises awareness of region-wide problem

May 6, 2017
Belize cyber security symposium raises awareness of region-wide problem BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Large, well-funded and highly organized crime syndicates are behind many of the cybercrimes taking place in the Caribbean. And regional governments and security agencies are challenged to respond. “Today's cybercriminal is no longer just a computer geek looking to see...

St Kitts-Nevis revives plans for IXP infrastructure

May 6, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis revives plans for IXP infrastructure BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A two day symposium and technical workshop held from May 4-5, 2017, has revived the conversation for the introduction of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) infrastructure in St Kitts and Nevis. An IXP, simply put, is a physical infrastructure through which internet...

Trinidad to host digital financial services workshop

April 27, 2017
Trinidad to host digital financial services workshop PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On 27-28 April 2017, a digital financial services (DFS) workshop will be convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to update policy makers in the Caribbean about the latest trends in financial technology. The workshop is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America...

Seeking competitive edge, Caribbean firms turn to internet technology

April 12, 2017
Seeking competitive edge, Caribbean firms turn to internet technology BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As clouds of uncertainty loom over the global economy, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for Caribbean companies. But these days, a different kind of cloud is creating fresh opportunities for regional businesses. For techies, the term 'cloud' is just a metaphor....

What online casinos can teach us about internet security

April 5, 2017
What online casinos can teach us about internet security We live in a world that's more connected than ever. People spend a lot of their time online communicating, making payments, playing games, and while they do this, they share a lot of information with third parties. Some of the information they share is quite sensitive – among them, personal...

Building Central America's internet community: Diverse Guatemalan voices gather in historic meeting

April 4, 2017
Building Central America's internet community: Diverse Guatemalan voices gather in historic meeting GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- A historic gathering of diverse sectors of Guatemalan society recently took place in the country’s capital, hosted by the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry, commonly known as LACNIC. The gathering, called LACNIC On The Move Guatemala...

Future-proofing our Internet: Caribbean ISPs switching to next-generation protocol

March 31, 2017
Future-proofing our Internet: Caribbean ISPs switching to next-generation protocol GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Forward-thinking network operators in Latin America and the Caribbean are using the Internet’s next-generation protocol, called IPv6, to gain a business edge over their competitors. The upside for customers is better quality of service, and in the long term a...

If you really want to know what's happening with tech in Cuba, read beyond the headlines

March 29, 2017
If you really want to know what's happening with tech in Cuba, read beyond the headlines HAVANA, Cuba -- “Cuba slashes Internet costs” … “Cuba signs deal with Google for faster internet access” … “Will Cuba embrace the Internet revolution?” These recent headlines from AFP, Al Jazeera and BBC, respectively, paint a picture of a society that after nearly six decades of dictatorship...

ICT is everyone's responsibility, says Antigua-Barbuda PM

March 29, 2017
ICT is everyone's responsibility, says Antigua-Barbuda PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua, the island of 365 beaches, was the location of the ICT Week and Symposium and Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony, stated that everyone needs to get involved in ICT.  “ICT is inclusive and all empowering...

Caribbean leaders urged to embrace ICT

March 27, 2017
Caribbean leaders urged to embrace ICT ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In keeping with the theme of ICT Week and Symposium Antigua and Barbuda; ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services, Melford Nicholas, minister of information, broadcasting, telecommunications and information technology stated, “ICT has disrupted the financial...

Cuban factory assembles first 7,000 tablets and laptops

March 25, 2017
Cuban factory assembles first 7,000 tablets and laptops HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Industrial Company for Informatics, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME by its Spanish acronym) in Havana has assembled the first 3,500 laptops and 3,583 tablets for Cuban government agencies and organizations. The initiative is part of an effort by the Cuban...

Global experts focus on cybersecurity in Guatemala

March 25, 2017
Global experts focus on cybersecurity in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Guatemala and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean must continue to develop a more proactive, all-inclusive response to cybercrime and cyber terrorism. That's the opinion of an international expert panel at a recently concluded regional technology conference.

Internet experts favour Guatemala exchange point

March 24, 2017
Internet experts favour Guatemala exchange point GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Internet service providers in Guatemala have expressed a commitment to explore ways to work together to strengthen the local Internet. This significant step forward for the country's Internet landscape was facilitated by a regional technology conference...

Global tech experts discuss regional internet development in Guatemala

March 22, 2017
Global tech experts discuss regional internet development in Guatemala GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Global technology experts are calling for a collaborative, multisectoral approach to the continued development of a more open, stable and secure Internet in Central and South America and the Caribbean. “For Internet users in many Central American societies...

Barbados to host regional meeting of Caribbean Network Operators Group

March 22, 2017
Barbados to host regional meeting of Caribbean Network Operators Group BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The 13th regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group, or CaribNOG, will take place in Barbados from April 18 to 19, 2017. CaribNOG is the region’s first volunteer-based community of network engineers, computer security experts and tech aficionados.

LACNIC On The Move rolls into Guatemala City

March 14, 2017
LACNIC On The Move rolls into Guatemala City GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Guatemala will host this year’s first edition of the regional technology event LACNIC On The Move, which will take place in Guatemala City on March 20 to 22. LACNIC, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry, is holding the three-day...

ICT agencies meet after CARICOM heads of government approve single ICT space roadmap

March 1, 2017
ICT agencies meet after CARICOM heads of government approve single ICT space roadmap GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following the approval of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) single ICT roadmap earlier in February, the ICT cluster agencies in the region met last Friday to chart the way forward. The meeting was held via videoconferencing that was anchored at the CARICOM...

OECS considers new options for reducing broadband prices and increasing service quality

February 25, 2017
OECS considers new options for reducing broadband prices and increasing service quality CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are taking steps to fully embrace the digital economy. The OECS Commission has formed a special ICT Strategy Group to consider the region’s options for using technology more effectively to facilitate...

Antigua-Barbuda to host ICT week and symposium

February 23, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda to host ICT week and symposium ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The rapid pace of innovation in information and communication technologies (ICT) is impacting every aspect of Caribbean life. There is a clarion call for the region to keep abreast with and understand the potential of these new and revolutionary technologies to overcome...

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