Dr. Chang — “Cybercrime Is A Clear And Present Danger”

In a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) report, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, noted that the Government is committed to improving the national and regional cybersecurity resilience and response.

“Cybercrime is a clear and present danger to every country in the region. This is the new frontier of national and regional security resilience, and an area in which the Government of Jamaica is deeply committed,” he said.

Citing the 2019 Annual Cybercrime Report by Cybersecurity Ventures, the National Security Minister said it was estimated that cybercrime would cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021.

“In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health pandemic, the consequent increased reliance on information and communication technology (ICT), and with amplified cyberthreats, one could presume that this estimated cost will be surpassed by the end of this year,” he lamented.

The Minister noted that according to cybersecurity experts, the current wave of ransomware cyberattacks that have been disrupting businesses in the United States, and other parts of the industrialized world, represents one of the many urgent challenges that both international and domestic businesses will now have to contend with, as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that the safety protocols which were designed to protect persons through this public health crisis have contributed to a level of cybermigration never before witnessed in the history of mankind.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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