By Benjamin Flowers
Latin America and the Caribbean are highly susceptible to cyber attacks , according to a new report issued jointly by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) this week.
The “Cyber Security Report 2016: “Are We Ready in Latin America and the Caribbean?” was presented at the headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.
The report, produced with the support of the University of Oxford, analyzes the state of preparation of 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, based on 49 indicators. It is the first in-depth examination of the level of preparation of Latin America and the Caribbean, faced with the growing threat of cybercrime.
In presentation the report, Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro said the data shows the need for the region to urgently prioritize cyber security, because most of these countries are unprepared to fend off cyber attacks. Only one in five countries is prepared.
The data was gathered using a Cyber Security Capability Maturity Model, which covered areas such as: policy and strategy, culture and society, education, technologies, and legal frame works.
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela were all analyzed in the report.