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How America Will Develop Cybersecurity on the Continent (Federal Times, USA)


Creating a cybersecurity strategy for an individual country is difficult. Developing a joint agreement in this area between the two countries is a huge headache. Find a compromise for 33 countries? It is almost impossible.

However, according to Canadian General Lacroix, who serves as the Director General of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Defense Council, in the future there should be some kind of unified agreement on cyber security between the countries of North and South America.

Currently, only eight of the 27 Council member countries have an official cyber strategy, and most of them have developed such a document quite recently.

To get agreement from all these countries to invest in ensuring cybersecurity, not to mention starting some kind of joint work on projects, is a serious problem.

“This is difficult,” Lacroix said. “This is not easy, and I would say that our organization essentially provides only technical advice based on requests from either the Organization of American States or the member states themselves. We do not know how to make the country interested in cybersecurity and make it a priority in domestic policy. ”

Lacroix hopes that the less developed countries of Latin America will look at what their "senior comrades" are doing and take an example from them.

“I think when they see that Brazil, Colombia and Mexico get involved and develop their own cyber security policy, they will come into play,” he said, before acknowledging that the problem of lack of resources and experience is a separate issue.

It is unlikely that a state with a small defense budget will want to make cybersecurity a matter of paramount importance, because it is unlikely to become a target. A major incident, such as breaking into the banking system or a cyber attack on military systems, is likely to force these countries to become more active, but until then they will have little incentive to take preventive measures.

Lacroix hopes that South American countries that start investing in cybersecurity will be able to encourage their neighbors to start thinking about potential risks in advance.

He points to Brazil, which is investing significant amounts in information technology. But even there, economic prospects come to the fore, as the Brazilian budget is falling due to lower oil prices. Lacroix is ​​considering building public-private partnerships. In his opinion, it is important to tell people about why the information sphere needs financial contributions.

“We train today's and tomorrow’s leaders so that they can make the right decisions in the field of cybersecurity policies,” he said.

A potential problem of concern to the United States and Canada, whose military, of course, actively participate in such discussions, is the threat from China and, to a lesser extent, Russia.

Both countries are investing in Latin America, and Chinese firms are involved in building the information infrastructure that many countries need. The United States fears that Chinese or Russian technologies will be used in areas important to state security. Washington will not be very happy if one of its allies connects to American networks and secret databases using Chinese-made software and hardware.

Lacroix acknowledged that while there is no way to deal with it.

“I think that we can fantasize for a long time on what China and other countries are doing in the Latin American region, but, first of all, they have occupied a profitable niche and fill the void,” he said. And although he “suspects” that various defense organizations are studying this issue closely, his organization has nothing to do with it.
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Carol McClelland / US Defense Department
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  1. dSK
    dSK 1 December 2017 07: 42
    "The salvation of drowning is the work of the drowning themselves. In the near future, a national Operating System for the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet should appear in Russia. Its creation is provided for by the country's cybersecurity plan, an essential part of the Digital Economy program, which was developed and adopted by the government this summer. The Russian OS will be more convenient, ergonomic, faster and safer than all existing and likely foreign analogues. According to documents, the system should be created no later than December 31, 2021. From January 1, 2022, a pilot industry will be selected for testing, as well as those industries where it will be introduced in the first place. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Telecommunications, and software developers are responsible for the implementation of the project. (The first Russian TV channel "Tsargrad" 11:00., 11.11.2017/XNUMX/XNUMX.) hi
    HEATHER 1 December 2017 08: 11
    Russian Hackers (where else to find them) will help you! laughing
  3. Dimy4
    Dimy4 1 December 2017 09: 00
    Refuse computers, make all calculations with Electronics BZ-35, no hacker will pass!
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 1 December 2017 09: 46
    eight out of 27 Council member countries (Inter-American Defense Council) have an official cyber strategy
    So they would have fussed on their own continent, and would not have stuck their noses with moralizing around the world. Russia invited Washington to jointly develop a cybersecurity system and exchange information, but the United States considered this inappropriate.
  5. solzh
    solzh 1 December 2017 10: 12
    As amers, do not develop cybersecurity, but Russian hackers are smarter than everyone.
  6. prior
    prior 1 December 2017 12: 18
    "How America Will Develop Cyber ​​Security on the Continent"
    Well, as usual: eavesdropping, peeping, bribing, substituting .. and other "democratic" methods.
  7. gridasov
    gridasov 1 December 2017 13: 24
    Cybersecurity issues are an unsolvable problem with the methods that are applicable now. There are many methods of penetrating the so-called closed systems. Differentiating hackers according to the principles of belonging to a particular system is naivety. Therefore, the basis of cybersecurity can only be a new mathematical foundation inherent in the spatial method of distribution of codes, and not linear and algorithmic, and not disconnected between these codes.
    1. dSK
      dSK 2 December 2017 03: 30
      Quote: gridasov
      only a new mathematical foundation can be the foundation of cybersecurity
      It is hoped that such mathematicians as Perelman will not leave Russia. Fundamental mathematicians probably do not need expensive scientific laboratories, as in other sciences, a sheet of paper and a pen. hi
      1. gridasov
        gridasov 2 December 2017 13: 13
        Absolutely right . Mathematicians and theoretical physicists are the most highly profitable composite sciences. Moreover, this is the basis of fundamental undertakings. You can only add that any "theoretical brain" can and should be developed in the same way. The basis of theoretical reasoning is imagination. Three-dimensional and dynamic imagination allows you to simulate physical processes in any complex and instantly switch from one fractal analysis system to another. No computer can be compared with the potential abilities of the brain to repeat. Actions not only with static models, but also dynamically changing at different levels