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  • Commercial espionage affecting Jamaican businesses are to be addressed at a two-day conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics.
  • The conference will be held under the theme: ‘Protecting Identity, Banking and Citizen Information Networks’.
  • Any entity requiring electronic cyber security can be breached.

Commercial espionage affecting Jamaican businesses are to be addressed at a two-day conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, to be staged at the University of the West Indies from September 30 to October 1.

This was stated by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, as he addressed a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on September 25.

The conference will be held under the theme: ‘Protecting Identity, Banking and Citizen Information Networks’.

Mr. Robinson said he became aware of the level of corporate espionage occurring in Jamaica recently, and the conference will address this concern in a fulsome way.

“We’re not talking about a man hacking into a website and defacing it. We’re talking about criminals doing this for financial gain, or to prove a point. They can hack into a critical national infrastructure and disrupt the country in a significant way; for example your Air Traffic Control system, and you know the damage that can be done,” the State Minister said.

“There are just so many ways someone with a computer can create havoc and we need to be on top of that as a country,” he emphasized.

Citing a recent electronic breach of a government facility by cyber criminals, Mr. Robinson underscored that any entity requiring electronic cyber security can be breached.  He noted that a meeting was convened involving private and public sector stakeholders and that a template for minimum standards has been developed, following the incident. This template is expected to provide another layer of cyber security.

“It is for these reasons why this conference is so urgent, as it will help prevent similar incidents,” the State Minister said.

“If you think of the Electoral Office with finger prints, names and addresses or the Registrar General’s Department…they are very important national institutions that must have security systems at differing levels than another institution that doesn’t house critical data,” he noted.

The State Minister expressed the hope that the conference will build awareness, allowing individuals and corporate entities the opportunity to protect important data.

Director of the Mona ICT Policy Centre, Professor Hopeton Dunn, who also addressed the ‘Think Tank’, urged members of the public, especially corporate Jamaicans, to participate in the conference.

Several key local and international speakers will address the attendees and share valuable insight into new developments and trends affecting and impacting the industry.  The conference, which is free, will begin at 9:00 a.m. on both days.