The Ministry of National Security in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission today launched Belizeís first National Cybersecurity Strategy 2020-2023.

The development of this Strategy was guided by the OAS-CICTE, and coordinated by the National Security Council Secretariat, the Public Utilities Commission, Central Information Technology Office, the Attorney Generalís Ministry and an Inter-institutional Cybersecurity Task Force. The overall objective of this Strategy is to take a public-private partner approach to foster an open and trusted digital environment in Belize, which would enable innovation, economic development, and social inclusion.

The three pillars of the Strategy include:

- Developing a Legislative Framework;

- Strengthening Incidence Response and Protection of Critical Infrastructure; and

- Building Capacity within the Workplace, Education and Public Awareness.

Since the Strategy development process began in 2018, the Cybersecurity Task Force has simultaneously been working to achieve priority components of the pillars outlined above such as drafting the Cybercrime Bill 2020, conducting stakeholder consultations, and participating in capacity-building initiatives for Criminal Justice personnel and technical staff in the public and private sectors. Most recently, the Ministry of National Security in collaboration with GetSafeOnline.org UK, launched the GetSafeOnline Ambassadors Scheme, which will facilitate training for 30 Belizeans to be able to contribute to cybersecurity public awareness in their local communities.

The Ministry of National Security and the Public Utilities Commission express deepest gratitude to the UK Government for providing funding for the development of the Strategy, the OAS-CICTE and the members of the Cybersecurity Task Force.

Digital copies of the National Cybersecurity Strategy 2020-2023 can be found on the following webpages:

Ministry of National Security - www.mns.gov.bz,
Belize Crime Observatory - www.bco.gov.bz
Government of Belize Press Office - www.pressoffice.gov.bz.


Cybersecurity Strategy Launch
Belize's Cybersecurity Strategy was developed in collaboration with the Government and stakeholders, to address cybersecurity threats facing Belize, so as to provide guidance on key actions to be taken to improve Belizeís overall preparedness and responsiveness to these threats.

Read the Cybersecurity Strategy at:
https://www.pressoffice.gov.bz/belize-launches-national-cybersecurity-strategy/