DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – SECURITY – OAS agrees to support Dominican Republic in developing National Cyber Security Policy

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WASHINGTON, May 11, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) has agreed to support the Dominican Republic in the development of its National Cyber Security Policy.

On Wednesday, the Washington-based hemispheric body signed the agreement with the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL).

OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, said that, since 2015 the organization has been working with the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country to strengthen its cybersecurity capacity.

“It is an honor 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.

President of INDOTEL, José del Castillo, said that the agreement seeks to protect and facilitate the secure access of all Dominican Republic nationals 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 said that, through the Cyber Security Program of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), it 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.

It is currently collaborating with Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico on similar initiative.

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