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AG says Bajans vulnerable to cyber crime

In an admission that will give little comfort to Barbadians, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said nothing of note has been done to combat cyber crime since a meeting in 2010 that identified “serious challenges”.

Therefore, the country remains exposed to attacks by cyber criminals, Brathwaite told the 3rd America’s Working Group meeting on cyber crime for heads of units which was held Wednesday at the Regional Training School in Paragon, Christ Church.

Stating that the entire English speaking Caribbean was vulnerable, the Attorney General said small developing countries like Barbados simply did not have the resources to effectively wrestle the threat.

“We have been playing catch-up in the last few years. In 2010 we had a meeting here which looked at the issue as it relates to Barbados. We accepted that we have serious challenges. Seven years later I wished that I could say to you that we feel comfortable as a country and as a region that we are at this time addressing the issue of cyber crime.

“We do have some capacity issues; we do have some financial issues and we do have some knowledge issues. This challenge would not go away,” he told the meeting.

Cybercrime cost the global economy over $450 billion in 2016, according to Steve Langan, chief executive at Hiscox Insurance, a Bermuda-incorporated insurance provider, which, among other services, offers cover against such risks as hacking. Some researchers predict the cost climbing to as much as $2.1 trillion by 2019.

Brathwaite said like the authorities, cyber criminals were identifying deficiencies in the systems in the region.

“There is one difference – the criminal elements have more resources than the small developing countries which make up the Caribbean region. They are able to buy into the best accounting skills, the best legal skills and the best computer skills. This explains why it is important for us as small developing states to draw on the experience of the developed countries which would have more experience in this area,” he said.

Government announced in 2014 that it would establish a computer incident response team to assess the country’s readiness and cyber security capability, and last July, Legal Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat Shadrach Haruna said the intergovernmental body was working with Barbados to help it respond to the emerging threats.

“Following a request from the Government of Barbados, the Commonwealth Secretariat is working closely with the country to develop robust governance systems to combat the scourge of cyber-crime,” Haruna told a national cybercrime and cyber security awareness workshop here.

7 Responses to Exposed

  1. Jennifer April 7, 2017 at 2:22 am

    All he is reporting is issues and challenges aka problems, however, you fancify it. If local crime is not being dealt with by this man how can cyber crime be dealt with????? The cyber criminals appear to be well TRAINED and EDUCATED, that is what happens when you are serious and mean business……………………..”This challenge would not go away” >>>>> then maybe the AG should go away. He and others are a HAMPER to any kind of progress at all here in Bim. And all of these such meetings are just getaways from productivity to socialize and fire a drink as they appear to be non productive too like a dog chasing his tail.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      So true girl. He is happy with the position. Makes him feel good when he says he is Attorney General- He is a mere poser.

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  2. Tony Webster April 7, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Hmmm…while one ought to welcome our A.G.’s candour, this technically-challenged citizen- and undoubtedlty also Mr. Leigh Trotman- would welcome an assurance Mr on The Hon. Minister of Finance, that at least he has taken such steps as are obvious, and essential, that our entire B.R.A. network, has been appropriately overviewed, previewed, and approved , by our Auditor-General, Mr. Leigh Trotman, and all component parts (Lord…you know my weakness for such allurements), are carefully strapped-in and secured, lest our few remaining fiscal resources jiggle too much from a loose-fitting garment, and are transported to some vagabond’s own bank account in Russia (or elsewhere) at the click of a mouse.

    In creating a network such as B.R.A./ and its asociated Wide Area Network it is absolutely crucial to have bullet-proof security, AND auditing/routine control protocols. Real-time transactional functions, MUST also have real-time oversight controls and auditing! Indeed, instead of Mr.Trotman telling us four years after the disappearance of some “big ones”, formerly the property of B.R.A.,( or any of our 63 wayward S.O.E.’s) such a network with integral , real-time auditng, could greatly assist Mr. Trotman in his work: would be net-criminals (or those who are just “accident-prone”) …would be nabbed almost immediateley an “event” occurs- and we could read all about it next morning in the proceedings of the R.B.P.F.

    NOW is the time, to get such matters nailed-down. Not after the hor$e ( or millions of hor$ses) have bolted. The technical expertise is available. Just call any of our leading accounting firms; they are in the Yello Pages, and on the internet. Check your smart phone , Sir…and get smart. Today.

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  3. North Point April 7, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I have a serious problem when people in high place come to round table discussions and made decisions on serious matters and then don’t do anything. Cyber crimes are now plaguing the world, the USA had that problem during their elections, Mr. AG you are now admitting that you did nothing, that’s an indictment on your shoulders

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  4. Mikey April 8, 2017 at 12:12 am

    IF CYBER CRIME DOES NOT GO AWAY , THEN WHY NOT SEND AWAY THE AG ?
    LISTEN, THE CITY DID NOT GO AWAY FROM MOTTLEY, BUT MOTTLEY WAS SENT AWAY FROM THE CITY.

    WE ARE ASKING THE CHURCH TO GO TO THE PEOPLE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO THE CHURCH.

    WHAT DID FRANCIS BACON SAY ABOUT MOHAMMED AND THE MOUNTAIN ?
    IF THE MOUNTAIN DID NOT COME TO MOHAMMED, THEN MOHAMMED MUST GO TO THE MOUNTAIN ?

    WHY DO WE NOT USE OUR EDUCATION TO HELP US ALONG ?
    WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID AND PASSIVE TO TAKE ACTION FOR OUR OWN CAUSES. ARE WE GOING TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO TELL US WHEN TO SIT, WHEN TO STAND, WHEN TO MARCH, WHEN TO STRIKE, WHEN TO BUY, WHEN TO SELL, WHEN TO SHOUT, WHEN TO REMAIN SILENT ?

    AND THEN SAY WE WANT BETTER CONDITIONS, WE WANT GOOD BUSES, WE WANT BETTER SALARIES, WE WANT BETTER EDUCATION, WE WANT BETTER HOUSING, WE WANT MORE FREEDOM, WE WANT MORE VOICE, WE WANT THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES.
    Steupse !

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  5. Nathaniel Samuels April 8, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Did you expect anything better from this joker? He lacks reasoning so we are where we are.

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  6. Sharon Moore April 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    These statements from Adriel Brathwaite are ludicrous at best. Barbados has numerous cybersecurity resources, many of them were ignored or laughed at then they approached the DLP government about contributing to the country and ‘repatriating’ their expertise. Why hasn’t the Government of Barbados engaged James Austin-Bynoe who was a cybersecurity leader at NASA and Lockheed-Martin, and now heads up cybersecurity at eBay (Europe)? What about Niel Harper who is a globally recognized and sought after expert in information security, cyber law and ICT policy, and has worked with leading institutions such as the Internet Society, Internet Engineering Task Force, AT&T, CIBC, and World Economic Forum? What about Patricia Rowe-Seale who is the Director of Information Security & Vendor Security at CIBC FirstCaribbean? What about the numerous members of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Barbados Chapter? Stop making excuses and instead learn how to respect and appreciate your own.

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