Colombia developing new national cyber security, cyber defense policy

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Colombia's government is developing a new national cyber security and cyber defense strategy, and will meet with international experts in order to analyze the current situation of the country in terms of IT security, according to a release by ICT ministry Mintic.

Cyber security and cyber defense recommendations for Colombia will be analyzed by experts from 10 countries including Canada, Spain, the US, Estonia, South Korea, Israel, the UK, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay.

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International organizations such as the OECD, the European Council and the World Economic Forum are also expected to participate.

The ongoing "digital revolution" in Colombia creates many opportunities in areas such as education and healthcare, but also creates significant challenges in terms of how to tackle cybercrime, according to ICT minister Diego Molano.

The government also recently signed an MOU with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) in areas including cyber security, education and innovation.

Colombia initially approved a cyber security and defense policy in 2011, becoming the first country in Latin America to adopt a national strategy to tackle cybercrime.

Cyber security is defined as the capacity of the state to minimize the level of cyber risks to which its citizens are exposed, in areas such as financial transactions, information protection and intellectual property.

Meanwhile, cyber defense is related to the capacity of the state to prevent and counteract any cyber threat or incident which affects national sovereignty, including the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, acts of cyber war and espionage, according to a presentation by Colombia's defense ministry.

Cyber security and defense issues have risen on the global political agenda in recent years, as the internet and ICT become increasingly essential for economic and social development, ICT infrastructure increases in significance and cyber threats evolve at an ever faster pace, according to an OECD report.