The Dominican Government and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched on Monday the eleventh edition of Cyberdrill Americas 2023, a meeting that brings together national and international experts in cybersecurity and seeks to develop a space for analysis and discussion on the needs, actions and initiatives on the security of space.
“For the Government it is a great satisfaction to be able to participate in this meeting, aware of the achievements that the country has reached in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, especially in the field of cyberspace protection, while keeping an eye on the challenges that still arise in this issue that brings us together today, said the Minister of the Presidency, Joel Santos Echavarría, during his welcoming remarks.
Santos Echavarría affirmed that cybersecurity has become one of the fundamental pillars to guarantee sustainable development in the digital era, for such reason the Government has established international strategic alliances, based on aspects such as Innovation, digital transformation and cybersecurity.
“One of the transversal axes of the current administration is to achieve the digital transformation of Dominican society, with the objective that information and communication technologies become strategic tools for sustainable and inclusive development,” said the minister.
In this regard, the minister indicated that through the National Cybersecurity Strategy 2030, new measures have been taken to strengthen cybersecurity in the Dominican Republic, proposing regulatory and legislative instruments to promote greater information exchange between the Government and the private sector, through the development of initiatives that arise from each of the strategic objectives and contemplated in its action plan.
On his side, the Program Officer of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Pablo Palacios, said that one of the main tasks of the ITU is to ensure that all people are cybersecurely connected and that this will be achieved by creating a culture of cybersecurity starting from children, through training and the transmission of information, which is why this type of event is held.
“We are happy that for the first time we are doing this event in the Dominican Republic. On this occasion we managed to get the participation of important international organizations, experts, trainers, so they will be very enriching sessions,” he said.
Meanwhile, the president of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel), Nelson Arroyo, thanked the ITU for its support for this type of event and indicated that information and communication technology (ICT) has become an essential element for the development of nations and for the improvement of the daily life of society.
“The use of ICTs is increasing every day in all productive sectors of all nations. The advance of technologies is undeniable and the contribution they make in the world is also undeniable,” he said.
The Ciberdrill will be held until Friday, June 23, in an action developed by ITU, in coordination with the Ministry of the Presidency (Minpre), Indotel, the Vice-Ministry of Digital Agenda, the Executive Directorate of CNCS, the Center for Cybercapabilities of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC4) and the Executive Directorate of the Government Office of Information and Communication Technologies (Ogtic), who will be the hosts, and with the co-organization of the Regional Technical Commission of Telecommunications (Comtelca).
The opening of the event, held at the Cultural Center of Telecommunications of the Colonial City, was attended by the director of the Government Office of Information and Communication Technologies (Ogtic), Bartolomé Pujals; the executive secretary of the Regional Technical Commission of Telecommunications of Central America, Lizania Pérez; the vice ministers of Digital Agenda and Security Coordination of the Ministry of the Presidency, José David Montilla and José Martín Gabirondo; and the executive director of the National Cybersecurity Center of the Dominican Republic (CNCS), colonel PN. , Juan Gabriel Gautreaux.