Report: Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrate unwavering commitment to strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities

The report by LAC4 and EU CyberNet on the evolution of cybersecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2023 recognizes governments’ unwavering commitment to and efforts in cybersecurity capabilities while drawing attention to areas for improvement to fully embrace the possibilities of digitality and tackling challenges of cyberspace.

As the region is undergoing rapid technological advancement which brought opportunities, it has exposed organisations to new risks online. The report delves into diverse challenges and opportunities the region’s governments and businesses are facing, such as increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, international and regional cooperation, policies and education.

The data and actions by governments illustrate the regional progress and commitment in developing cyber capabilities in recent years with significant improvements. The report notes that by leveraging regional collaboration, international best practices and a commitment to cybersecurity education and innovation, the region can continue to enhance their cybersecurity preparedness and resilience.

The report suggests a set of recommendations to improve cybersecurity preparedness which is crucial in staying ahead in such dynamic and evolving field of emerging threats: leveraging regional collaboration, implementing best international practices, and committing to cybersecurity education and innovation:

  • Invest in cybersecurity education and training programs to develop a skilled workforce capable of addressing evolving threats. Collaborate with universities and industry partners to create relevant curricula.
  • Foster collaboration between governments and the private sector to share threat intelligence, best practices, and resources. Jointly develop cybersecurity initiatives and incident response plans.
  • Strengthen and enforce cybersecurity legislation and regulations, including data protection laws. Create incentives for organizations to prioritize cybersecurity and hold them accountable for breaches.
  • Enhance efforts for international cooperation and collaboration through information-sharing partnerships and networks to stay updated on global cybersecurity threats and solutions.
  • Collaborate with neighboring countries to improve regional cybersecurity resilience.
  • Allocate resources for the acquisition of cybersecurity technologies, such as intrusion detection systems, firewalls, and advanced threat analysis tools.
  • Conduct cybersecurity awareness campaigns to educate individuals and organizations about risks and best practices for staying safe online.
  • Develop and periodically update incident response plans to ensure a swift and coordinated response in the event of a cyberattack.
  • Encourage the execution of cross-border incident response simulation exercises.
  • Establish working groups to respond to incidents from countries with lower capabilities.

The report also indicates future perspectives and emerging challenges such as protection of critical infrastructure, data privacy, ensuring the security of supply or shortage of skilled cybersecurity workforce.

The report concludes by recognizing the governments of the region for the demonstration of an unwavering commitment to strengthening cybersecurity capabilities while understanding the urgent need to bolster their cyber defenses.

The principal author of the report is cybersecurity consultant Carlos Leonardo. The contributors are César Moliné Rodríguez (Regional LAC4 Director), Estevenson Solano (Cybersecurity Consultant), Anthony Cruz (Cybersecurity Consultant), Claudio Peguero (Ambassador for Cyber Affairs of the Dominican Republic) and Reyson Lizardo (Director of Digital Agenda of the Dominican Republic). The study was carried out by a contribution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Embassy in Santo Domingo as a Participant Nation to LAC4.

Read more: Evolution of Cybersecurity 2023