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Internet registry strengthens commitment to the Caribbean with new outreach liaison appointment

August 4, 2017
Internet registry strengthens commitment to the Caribbean with new outreach liaison appointment CENTREVILLE, USA -- The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has appointed Bevil Wooding as Caribbean outreach liaison, a newly created role to strengthen the organization's relationships with community members in the Caribbean region. "ARIN has had a long history of Caribbean...

USVI becomes first territory to join public safety network

August 2, 2017
USVI becomes first territory to join public safety network ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands is leading the way to modernize communications for its public safety community. On Tuesday, Governor Kenneth Mapp announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety...

Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

July 19, 2017
Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The Caribbean will have to strengthen its Internet infrastructure if it is to keep pace with the world’s growing digital economy. That’s the view held by Bevil Wooding, an internet strategist with US-based non-profit Packet Clearing House, an organisation providing operational...

Caribbean trails global trend in automation

July 18, 2017
Caribbean trails global trend in automation PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A technology trend known as automation could be a game-changer for developing regions, but the Caribbean is trailing global adoption. Across the industry, the automation of network configuration and network management is already bringing tangible benefits.

Belize City to host Caribbean Peering Forum in 2018

July 17, 2017
Belize City to host Caribbean Peering Forum in 2018 PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Belize will host the fourth Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 6 and 7, 2018. The 2018 meeting is expected to be the largest to date, according to organiser Bevil Wooding, an Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House and...

Digital skills needed for Caribbean to stay globally competitive

July 15, 2017
Digital skills needed for Caribbean to stay globally competitive PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The digital era is here to stay but many still lack the skills needed to get ahead in the Internet economy. A 2017 CIGI-Ipsos global survey on Internet security and trust found that a significant percentage of Internet users do not trust the Internet enough to conduct...

CCJ seeks to trigger digital revolution in Caribbean courts

July 11, 2017
CCJ seeks to trigger digital revolution in Caribbean courts PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is hoping that a set of technological upgrades it recently adopted will trigger a digital revolution in courts across the region, and transform how justice is delivered. CCJ president, Sir Dennis Byron, who spearheaded the court’s adoption of...

Caribbean internet peering forum kicks-off in St Maarten

July 6, 2017
Caribbean internet peering forum kicks-off in St Maarten PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The third Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) kicked off on Wednesday, with the theme “Expanding the Caribbean Internet.”  The annual meeting gathers regional and international experts for talks on technology issues from a Caribbean perspective.

Commentary: Has Petya ransomware reached the Caribbean?

July 6, 2017
Commentary: Has Petya ransomware reached the Caribbean? A new widespread ransomware is spreading and causing distress to corporations and government across the globe. Here is what we know for sure and what you need to know: • Petya seems to be a better written which increases the success and infection rate; • Petya does not have the weaknesses...

Commentary: Why cyber-security is critical in business risk management

June 28, 2017
Commentary: Why cyber-security is critical in business risk management The cyber threat picture becomes more challenging, with attacks against both public and private sectors organization. Cyber threats are continually evolving, becoming more sophisticated and harder to both prevent and detect. Your organization has possibly experienced some type of...

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...

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