OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy

OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy

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OAS and the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL) sign cooperation agreement. From left to right: José del Castillo, President of INDOTEL; Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General; Gedeón Santos, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Dominican Republic to the OAS. Photo: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

WASHINGTON, USA — The Organization of American States (OAS) will support the Dominican Republic in the development of its national cyber security policy, according to an agreement signed on Wednesday between the hemispheric institution and the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL).

The secretary general of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recalled that since 2015 the Organization has been working with the Caribbean country to strengthen its cybersecurity capacity.

“It is an honour to be able to sign this memorandum of understanding and in this way support the government in creating an open, accessible and secure digital Dominican Republic,” he said.

For his part, the president of INDOTEL, José del Castillo, said that the agreement seeks to protect and facilitate the secure access of all Dominicans to information technologies.

“This reaffirmation of the commitment of cooperation with the OAS for us is very significant at a time when our country is promoting a national program called ‘Digital Dominican Republic’, with four pillars that have as macro objective the access of all Dominicans to the technology of the information,” he said.

The OAS, through the Cyber Security Program of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), is already supporting the Caribbean country in the establishment of a national cyber incident response team (CSIRT), which is one of the components of the “Digital Dominican Republic”.

CICTE has already supported Colombia, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Paraguay in developing their national cybersecurity strategies, and is currently collaborating with Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico.

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