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December 9, 2013
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Caribbean needs cyber-emergency response teams

The Caribbean must take definitive steps towards the creation and deployment of cyber- security emergency response teams (CERTs) or run the risk of being isolated from an international trend that is already developing at a rapid pace.

That's the view of Shannon Curran, cybersecurity expert with the US-based Fortinet Inc, a global leader in high-performance network security.

Speaking in St Thomas on the importance of a Caribbean cyber-security task force, while on her way to a series of strategic meetings in Jamaica, Curran commented that cybersecurity is the new realm in which governments are forced to play a strategic part.

"Those who delay this decision may be faced with social unrest, as more and more people are affected by cybercrime. The cybersecurity emergency response team will not only help protect local citizens, but will also play a major role in how the international community views and interacts with the country in question. Those countries that have not yet taken the definitive steps for their own CERT should be seriously contemplating the initiative," she said.

Curran said the "good news is that tools exist to help governments build out the necessary cybersecurity frameworks." Documentation and systems, she added, are available that will help governments understand how to properly use current technologies, processes and global collaboration to better protect themselves and their citizens.

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