Doing Cybersecurity Business In The Caribbean

New Jersey STEP, as you said is the State Trade Export Promotions program. This program allows small businesses to participate in exporting their goods and services overseas. Countries you can export to are, Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & The Grenadines,
Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St. Barts, Bahamas, Aruba, Anguilla, and St. Martin – St. Maarten.

Cyber Security Consulting Ops apply through the New Jersey business Actions Center. And then there’s a 3 ft three-phase application process that they have to go through. So it’s the SBA. The Office of International Trade in the state of New Jersey is Business Actions Center. We had no barriers to exporting our business.

Cyber Security Consulting Ops will be doing cybersecurity work on the following islands St. Lucia, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & The Grenadines,
Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St. Barts, Bahamas, Aruba, Anguilla, and St. Martin – St. Maarten.

There is a great need for cybersecurity employee training, external and internal assessment.

According to experts “In addition, according to the OAS/IDB report, mistrust and an absence of authoritative information on best practice have led to an unwillingness to designate individuals in the police or military as coordinators of cybersecurity policy development, or to build public-private partnerships that might finance and build cybersecurity regimes.

As with so many matters in the Caribbean, the challenge is not in understanding the nature of the threat, but in implementation.

Although governments and several international agencies meeting in St Lucia in March signed off on an action plan to strengthen regional cooperation in areas such as training, legislation, technical capacity, and law enforcement, since then progress has been slow.

To understand the scale of the problems that need to be addressed one only has to read the country by country reports in ‘Cybersecurity: Are We Ready in Latin America and the Caribbean’ jointly published earlier this year by the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

It makes clear that almost all countries in the region have no overall strategy, few relevant laws, and no genuine capacity to respond to a cyber-attack.

It suggests that the only country in the Anglophone Caribbean that is well prepared is Trinidad, with Jamaica not far behind. It notes that while Antigua, The Bahamas, Dominica, Haiti, and Suriname, are ‘in the process of articulating a potential strategy’, there is no indication of when they will have in place the essential components. As for the rest of CARICOM, the report suggests that evidence of progress is scant.

In the Hispanic Caribbean, surprisingly, even the Dominican Republic which is heavily dependent on connectivity was deemed to be poorly prepared. In contrast, although not covered by the study, Cuba is well equipped. Having established the Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas (UCI) in 2002, it now has some 14,000 graduates working in all areas of government and enterprise and is consequently understood to have advanced cyber-defense measures in place.

Unfortunately, there is a view in parts of the region that the Caribbean is somehow immune or unlikely to be of interest to cybercriminals. However, one only has to consider the enormous sums of money transferred regularly through the region’s offshore financial centers, the commercially sensitive documents held in registries and lawyers’ offices, matters of national security and criminality that all governments regularly engage with, the expansion of citizenship programs, and the millions of daily commercial banking transactions, to immediately see the dangers cybercrime poses to small nations.

The Caribbean and Latin America have a small window in which to develop strong and integrated cybersecurity networks before attackers begin seriously to explore and infiltrate what is still a largely undefended region. As The Cipher Report puts it: ‘The question is whether governments have the political will, private industry is open to working with the public sector, and citizens start taking responsibility for their cybersecurity”. The Caribbean Council

The Caribbean needs lots of help with the security of its remote workforce. Countless computer users now rely on remote desktop connections to work from home and criminals exploit. Hackers are launching attacks against Remote workers. This year, companies are seeing a rise in data breaches, and there’s been a major increase in so-called phishing attacks using text messages. Since the pandemic started in the USA.

It is simply because people are more vulnerable. After all, they’re home. They’re not in the office. A lot of the classic controls that are used to protect people are not in place and you’ve got a bigger opportunity for threat actors and unfortunately bred actors are out there trying to make money and they’re going to prey on people’s weaknesses. And so as a result of that, we’ve seen proactive, be very aggressive targeting individuals and trying to take advantage of in this challenging time.
So what do employers need to do at this point given given there are so many vulnerabilities and given that bad actor a tragic advantage, knowing that people are working remotely knowing that people are working from home how to employees, employers need to rethink cybersecurity.

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