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Barbados Police Officer Participates in US State Department Cyber Security Program

Participants from 25 countries are taking part this month in a three-week project on “Promoting Cyber-Security” as part of the United States State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Nearly 5,000 participants come to the US for training and education through the International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants outside of the US are selected by Embassy staff.

The US Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States selected Royal Barbados Police Force Sargeant Alicia Brewster to participate in the IVLP. Brewster has more than 20 years experience as a police officer.

“During the program, participants will learn about the nuances of cyber security within the context of U.S. economic and national security,” the US Embassy in Barbados said in a press release. “Speakers and instructors will highlight how laws and policies on cyber security are crafted and why they require constant updates to keep up with technological advances.”

Participants will also learn about the consequences of cyber attacks to national security and the economy as well as strategies to counter cyber threats.

“None of us can do it alone.”

Digital technology and internet commerce are a major economic driver throughout the world. With that greater reliance comes a greater need to craft policies to counteract cyber security threats.

Last year Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite announced a new effort to establish a National Cybersecurity Strategy. Braithwaite said the new strategy would include new and revised legislation to combat new security threats.

“What we are faced with as a region, and as a country, is real. We have seen more cyber-related attacks on our government infrastructure and our private infrastructure. We must be on the cutting edge in terms of our defense,” Brathwaite said at a conference last fall.

He went on to emphasize that the cyber security threat from organized crime goes beyond Barbados’ shores.

“My call is for greater cooperation for us here in Barbados and across the region. None of us can do it alone. The threats that we are faced with in terms of cybersecurity and transnational organized crime require a holistic approach nationally and a regional approach,” said Brathwaite.

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