THE Organization of American States (OAS) has partnered with the Government to implement an early warning system that will assist in safeguarding Jamaica’s cyber infrastructure, through the use of security information and event management to ensure timely intrusion detection.
The initiative was facilitated through the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, working in tandem with the Jamaica Cyber-Incident Response Team (JaCIRT).
Science, Energy and Technology Minister Daryl Vaz said that the system will enable JaCIRT to provide alerts as soon as there is exploitation of known vulnerabilities or zero-day events.
He was making his 2021/22 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday under the theme ‘Science, Energy and Technoloy: Building a Brighter Future’.
Vaz said that through active cyberthreat research, near real-time information is provided to public and private entities consequent on JaCIRT’s persistent horizon scan of new and emergent threats presenting a clear and present danger to information technology systems in Jamaica.
“These systems are helping to fortify Jamaica’s cyber infrastructure by [providing] a more proactive approach in dealing with cyberthreats,” he noted.
Vaz sad the JaCIRT’s website is being revamped to facilitate anonymous reporting of cyber breaches, as well as the uploading of artefacts for analysis by the team.