“Upon becoming aware of the attacks, the ministry immediately moved to implement several measures to safeguard against further attacks,” Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson said.
The measures he outlined include:
• Engaging the security forces, and in particular, the Communications, Forensics Cybercrimes Unit (CFCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), for a formal criminal investigation to commence;
• Seeking technical assistance from our international agencies; in particular the Organization of American States (OAS). Cyber-security experts have commenced an investigation into the attacks and will report accordingly. They will also outline measures required to bolster Jamaica’s cyber-security.
In addition, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) along with the OAS Government have provided technical assistance for the implementation of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT).
Last week, the Ministry met with information technology (IT) personnel from the government entities that have been affected, and outlined measures and guidelines to address the issues in the short term.
The Minister also noted that the Government’s response to these cyber attacks form a part of the wider approach, which is being implemented by the GOJ. The Cyber Security Strategy will be presented to Cabinet shortly for final approval.
Robinson reiterated the importance of cyber-security systems to all countries, which is a priority for the Ministry. “Jamaica must remain committed to bolstering our cyber-security efforts,” he said.
The final recommendations from the Joint Select Committee which reviewed the Cyber Crime Act will be tabled in Parliament next month.
Meanwhile, the Cyber Crimes Investigation Division is following several leads into the attacks on the government websites.The attacks reportedly took place three weeks ago.
Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division, OCID, Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers said the unit was working with the committee set up to tackle cyber crimes.
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