Juliet Hol­ness lauds cy­ber­se­cu­rity work­shop

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for East Ru­ral St An­drew, Juliet Hol­ness was among sev­eral Com­mon­wealth par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and pol­i­cy­mak­ers who at­tended a work­shop on cy­ber­se­cu­rity in Wash­ing­ton, DC, be­tween Oc­to­ber 17 and 20.

The Caribbean Re­gional work­shop for Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and Pol­i­cy­mak­ers was or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with the Com­mon­wealth Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) and the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Amer­i­can States (OAS) as a part of the OAS’s cy­ber­se­cu­rity pro­gramme.

The work­shop, which brought to­gether pol­i­cy­mak­ers from across the re­gion, as well as high-pro­file ex­perts from in­ter­na­tional and nongovern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, civil so­ci­ety and academia, dis­cussed sev­eral topics re­lat­ing to ad­dress­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity.


Par­tic­i­pants also looked at sev­eral strate­gies geared at strength­en­ing par­lia­men­tar­i­ans’ aware­ness of cy­ber­se­cu­rity threats and pro­mot­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate leg­isla­tive se­cu­rity and over­sight mech­a­nisms in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions. An in­ter­na­tional e-book will be pro­duced, which will pro­vide more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the safe­guard­ing of cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

Hol­ness, wife of Prime Minister An­drew Hol­ness, lauded the CPA and OAS for or­gan­is­ing what she de­scribed as an en­light­en­ing and far­reach­ing work­shop. She said the topics that were dis­cussed will as­sist par­lia­men­tar­i­ans as they seek to ad­dress cy­ber­se­cu­rity in their var­i­ous ju­ris­dic­tions.

“We de­pend heav­ily on the In­ter­net. It brings many op­por­tu­ni­ties and while it fa­cil­i­tates this open­ness, it also makes in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies easy prey for hack­ers and fraud­sters. The Gov­ern­ment has a re­spon­si­bil­ity and a man­date to en­sure that cy­ber­se­cu­rity is high on the agenda.”

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Hol­ness at the work­shop were Ja­maica’s Am­bas­sador to the United States Au­drey Marks, Deputy Chief of Mis­sion Mar­sha Coore-Lob­ban, and Ja­maica’s al­ter­nate rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the OAS Ju­lia Hy­att. Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica (PSOJ) pres­i­dent, Paul B. Scott (cen­tre) dis­cussing mat­ters re­lat­ing to eth­i­cal busi­ness prac­tices in the mar­ket­place with Con­sumer Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CAC) Chair­man Kent Gam­mon (right) and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Dolsie Allen. The CAC and the PSOJ will con­tinue to work to­gether to fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment while pro­tect­ing the rights of con­sumers. The oc­ca­sion was a re­cent cour­tesy call on the PSOJ by the CAC.


Dr Peter Phillips (sec­ond right), chair­man of the Public Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC), in dis­cus­sion with (from left) Bald­win Spencer, op­po­si­tion leader of An­tigua and Bar­buda; Su­san Jack­son, mem­ber of par­lia­ment of Ber­muda; Keiba Ja­cob, pro­ce­dural clerk of Trinidad and Tobago; Pam Web­ster, Chair of An­guilla PAC; and Bev Wenger-Trayner, fa­cil­i­ta­tor of the World Bank at the Caribbean Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans PAC mem­bers cock­tail at the Courtleigh Ho­tel in New Kingston on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 24.


Juliet Hol­ness (right), Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for East Ru­ral St An­drew and wife of Prime Minister An­drew Hol­ness re­ceives a warm, wel­come from As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Amer­i­can States (OAS), Nestor Men­dez as she ar­rives at the OAS to par­tic­i­pate in the Caribbean Re­gional Work­shop for Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and Pol­i­cy­mak­ers on cy­ber­se­cu­rity at the OAS head­quar­ters in Wash­ing­ton DC. Look­ing on is the deputy chief of mis­sion at the Em­bassy of Ja­maica, Mar­sha CooreLob­ban.


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