Successful training for CARICOM countries’ government representatives and cybersecurity experts concluded

LAC4 in cooperation EU CyberNet and CARICOM IMPACS concluded a training course for CARICOM countries’ government representatives and cybersecurity experts with more than 130 participants. Read LAC4 Policy Expert Cesar Moline’s conclusions of the training.

Training “LAC4 Advanced Cyber Incident Response, Cyber Threat Hunting & Endpoint Security” was designed to strengthen cyber capabilities in the Caribbean region and with special focus on the unique needs and challenges faced by Caribbean countries in the realm of cybersecurity, and in preparation for the T20 Cricket World Cup in June 2024 to bolster cybersecurity during the event and beyond from 27th to 29th May 2024.

In today’s interconnected world, the importance of robust cybersecurity measures cannot be overstated. As cyber threats continue to evolve in complexity and scale, it is imperative to stay ahead of potential risks and safeguard our digital infrastructure. This training program aims to equip participants with the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to detect, respond to, and mitigate cyber incidents effectively.

Participants were provided frameworks and best practices to handle cyber incidents with confidence and precision. For the Caribbean region, the ability to respond swiftly and efficiently to cyber incidents is critical. Our economies are increasingly reliant on digital systems, and any disruption can have far-reaching consequences. Effective incident response strategies ensure that we can minimize damage, recover quickly, and maintain the trust of our citizens and partners.

The latest techniques and tools in cyber threat hunting were introduced, enabling participants to uncover hidden threats and fortify their defenses. Proactively identifying and neutralizing cyber threats before they can cause harm is essential for maintaining a secure digital environment. Cyber threat hunting involves actively searching for threats that may have evaded existing security measures. For Caribbean nations, which are often seen as emerging digital hubs, enhancing our threat hunting capabilities is vital. It helps us stay one step ahead of malicious actors and ensures the continuity of our services and operations.

Strategies to enhance endpoint security were delved into, ensuring that every device connected to our networks is a bastion of security. In our increasingly mobile and interconnected world, endpoint security has become more important than ever. Protecting devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets is crucial, as they are often the first point of attack for cybercriminals. For the Caribbean, where tourism and remote work are significant, securing these endpoints is not just about protecting data but also about safeguarding our reputation and economic stability.

This series of three training courses covers topics such as advanced cyber incident response, hunting for advanced cyber threats and protecting endpoint devices from cyber threats such as malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks to prepare participants to protect their organisations and communities from cyber threats.

Aimed at CSIRT professionals, cybersecurity experts, and government representatives from CARICOM Member States, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the training offered the opportunity to engage with leading experts in the field, explore cutting-edge tools and techniques, and collaborate with peers from across the region.

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