Barbados establishes National Computer Incident Response Team
Port of Spain, Trinidad, 9 August 2013 – ITU and the Government of Barbados have signed an agreement to establish a National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), a key mechanism to strengthen cybersecurity, detect the threat of cyber-attacks and manage a timely response.
Established within the framework of the ITU-IMPACT initiative on strengthening cybersecurity, the project will provide Barbados with the necessary skills and technical capabilities to build a national point of contact to respond in an effective manner to cybercrimes and cyber-attacks.
IMPACT – the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats – is the operational home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda providing facilities and resources to ITU’s 193 Member States to effectively address cyber threats, as well as assisting United Nations agencies in protecting their ICT infrastructures. The ITU-IMACT collaboration will support the establishment of the CIRT in Barbados, providing elements in project management as well as incident management software applications needed to properly combat cyber-attacks.
The agreement to set up the CIRT was signed by Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau and Mr Reginald Bourne, Chief Telecommunication Officer in the Division of Energy and Telecommunications in the Prime Minister’s Office in Barbados.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said the setting up of National Computer Incident Response Teams in the region would firmly establish critical mechanisms to deal with cyber threats, referring to the CIRT established earlier in Jamaica.
“The two CIRTs in Barbados and Jamaica will be able to collaborate and encourage other countries to build such national capabilities, which are critical in the battle to improve the capacity to strengthen cybersecurity both at the national as well as regional levels,” Mr Brahima Sanou noted. “All this support comes from the strong commitment that the countries in this region have expressed and the signature of this agreement with Barbados is an expression of this commitment.”
Signing the agreement on behalf of the Government of Barbados, Mr Reginald Bourne said “This is another indication of the government’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure environment for the people of Barbados and all its investors and its visitors using ICTs.”
Courtesy of ITU Updated:14 August 2013.