CNCS International Cyber Operations Law workshop

The training aims to develop knowledge on regulatory regimes to apply to complex situations in cyberspace.

The Ministry of the Presidency (Minpre) through the National Cybersecurity Center (CNCS), launched this Wednesday the Alumni Workshop: International Law of Cyber Operations, with the objective of developing advanced level knowledge on how to apply regulatory regimes to complex situations and issues related to cyberspace.

The training, which will be supported by the Government of Canada, the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of Reading in England, will facilitate the creation and maturation of a network of professionals who can approach cyber issues from a common base to foster collaborative cyber diplomacy.

José David Montilla, Deputy Minister of Digital Agenda of the Ministry of the Presidency, expressed through an audiovisual, that for the Dominican Republic it is an honor to support the progress of capacities in cyberspace, this being the line of action of the digital transformation strategies framed in the Digital Agenda 2030 and its axis of cybersecurity.

The official thanked the OAS for its efforts to strengthen cyber-diplomacy relations in the countries of the region, as well as to develop and adopt mechanisms that guarantee a favorable cyberspace for the maturity and stability of nations.

Montilla indicated that this space for the transfer of knowledge on cyber operations rights will allow defining a route towards the strengthening of the legal framework and also the addition of international agreements that support good practices in the use of information technologies.CNCS

“We hope that in this conference we are all aligned to the strengthening of a cybersecurity ecosystem and the search for a comprehensive, safer, more secure, resilient and reliable cyberspace that further strengthens relations between countries,” he said.

For her part, Araceli Azuara, representative of the OAS, in the Dominican Republic, specified that since 2017 CICTE, has been training hundreds of officials from 19 member states, in cyber operations law.

“The commitment of the organization through this course is to provide support in continuous training, in accordance with the progress and cyber maturity that our region has had in recent years,” he said.

The opening ceremony was attended by Omar de los Santos, Director of Coordination of Cybersecurity Strategies of the National Cybersecurity Center; Brigadier General Claudio Peguero, recently appointed President of the Interpol Americas Working Group on Cybercrime, member of the CNCS Technical Committee and advisor on Cyber Affairs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also, Ramón Quiñonez, director of Security and Defense of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mirex); Araceli Azuara, representative of the OAS in the Dominican Republic; Alison August Treppel, executive secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Lis Vihul, executive director of Cyber Law International.

Topics to be addressed at the training include: overview of cyberspace-related normative developments, primary obligations of international law in cyberspace, responses to malicious activity under international law, norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, cyberspace normative architecture, and national and regional perspectives.

The workshop will be held from October 12-14 at the Emerald Room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santo Domingo. It will employ an interactive teaching style that encourages the active participation of students.

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