As Jamaica joins the world in observing Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams is calling on Jamaicans to become more aware of cyberthreats and to take the necessary steps to safeguard their data.
Speaking at the DESCON 2019 Security and Encryption Conference on Wednesday (Oct 2), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the Minister noted that as the world becomes more connected, issues surrounding cyberthreat, data privacy and protection are becoming commonplace.
“As individuals, businesses and Government, we have to raise awareness of the value of protecting our data, and taking the necessary steps to ensure that, as far as possible, we secure our systems,” Williams said.
“Additionally, to the business people and Government, our systems and networks need to be equipped with state-of-the-art protection mechanisms to mitigate cyberattack as best as possible,” she added. The Minister pointed out that persons are living in an age where data is the new gold, an age of new discovery, increased innovation and access.
Mrs Williams said that while the ability to connect and engage with technology for business and other pursuits has become a great enabler for growth and development, it also has its disadvantages in the form of cyberattacks and cyberthreats.