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By Colonel ret. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Designed by Parroco Productions. Colonel ret. Colombia has considerably increased the use of information and communication technologies to combat cyber threats, jumping seven spots in the World Economic Forum's WEF annual report on global information technologies.

This positive development reflects the growth of Internet usage — about 6,, people in the country subscribe to broadband -and the reduced costs of providing this service. Even so, the country has been the target of cyberattacks. For instance, during the first semester of the self-described hacktivist group Anonymous attacked the portals of the Presidency of the Republic, the Senate, Online Government, and the Interior, Justice, Culture and Defense ministries.

CONPES directs overarching cybersecurity and cyberdefense policy and develops strategies to counter digital threats. Likewise, it compiles records of previous incidents that have occurred nationally and internationally. The system is designed to prevent attacks on state institutions, as well as mount an active cyberdefense, which is required to technologically protect government information.

Cyberdefenses must be proactive, dynamic and continually updated in order to protect against potential attacks. There must be a laboratory with digital radar that allows possible threats to be recognized in an opportune manner.

The objective of the mission was to draw up a series of recommendations that would give the government a solid and professional technical base when implementing its system. Mission members received information from different Colombian governmental institutions involved in the areas of cybersecurity and cybercrime, as well as from the justice branch, civil society, and the private sector. They also were given access to the installations charged with protecting Colombian cyberspace.

Likewise, he said the Armed Forces of Colombia must prepare to protect the nation from any attack that might come from cyberspace. That is why "we must have cyberintelligence and cyberdefense, to confront these challenges," he said. Among the main recommendations: that the system be harmonized in accordance with the Convention on Cybercrime, known as the Budapest Convention, to take into account successful legislation on digital crime; the obligatory retention of traffic data, and the participation of key actors in the regulation.

Other relevant recommendations include the training of judges and public prosecutors about digital crime, as well as the proper handling of digital evidence and the implementation of international cooperation mechanisms. Five years later, the country plays a leading role on the continent in the fight against cybercrime. Based upon CONPES with some fundamental modifications, the new document changes the emphasis to include risk management as one of the most important aspects of digital security.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that cybersecurity incidents are increasingly becoming an everyday occurrence. Each year the quantity and types of cyberattacks on the public, companies and institutions expand significantly, and keeping track of the situation is becoming more difficult.

It recommends the immediate launch of a public awareness campaign to promote the safeguarding of information at all levels. Without such a campaign, it will be very difficult to confront this century's new transnational criminal threat. About dialogodev. Related Posts. Twitter Facebook YouTube. For more on security and defense issues around the globe, click on the links below:.


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