Canada, CARIMAC Host National Cyber Security Conference Next Week

There’s a lot going on at the moment – I guess before everything goes quiet over the Christmas holiday. An important conference on Cyber Security with a lot of international speakers is coming up. This is yet another huge issue for Jamaica at the moment, with the fierce debate over the upcoming National ID System (NIDS) continuing. So, let’s pay attention to this one.

November 21, 2017

Canada Teams up with UWI to Tackle Cyber Threats at the National Cyber Security Conference

November 21, 2017, Kingston- The Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, in partnership with The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica, will this month be hosting the 5th National Cyber Security Conference under the theme “Understanding FinTech, Ransomware and Cyber Threats to Governance”.

The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica is bringing Canadian expertise to the conference, to be held at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona, in Kingston, on Tuesday November 28 and Wednesday November 29, 2017, starting at 9 am each day.

The international speakers to address the Conference include Dr. En-Hui Yang, Professor and Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo, co-founder of SlipStream Data Inc. (now a subsidiary of BlackBerry), and the founder of BicDroid Inc., a world leader in data and cyber security ; Mr. Adekunle Ajiboye, Systems Innovator and Entrepreneur from Ontario, Canada who has led the National Cyber Security Risk Assessment project in Nigeria; Mr. Shiva Bissessar, a Cyber Security Specialist of Trinidad and Tobago; Ms. Christine Runnegar, Australian Attorney-at-Law and Senior Director of the Internet Society (ISOC) responsible for the Internet Trust,  along with Mr. Shernon Osepa, ISOC’s Manager Regional Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Local speakers include Mr. Simon Roberts, Chief Information Officer of Grace Kennedy; Mr. Trevor Forrest, Advisor, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Mr. Julian Robinson MP, Opposition Spokesman on the Information and Knowledge Economy, Mrs. Dolsie Allen, CEO Consumer Affairs Commission; Inspector Warren Williams of the Jamaica Constabulary, Mrs. Sandie King James, Manager, Information Security and Risk management, National Commercial Bank, and Mr. Damian Donaldson, IT Consultant with First Caribbean International Bank.

Day One of the conference will consist of panel presentations on a range of topics including The Global Rise of Ransomware and How to Respond; FinTech, Cyber Security and Business Readiness; and Cyber Security: MSMEs and Community Awareness.

Day Two will feature two key topics: Cyber Threats to Governance – Protecting Democracy and the Electoral Process, and a workshop on Understanding Blockchain: The Future of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies.

The conference will open on Tuesday November 28, 2017 with greetings and remarks from Government of Jamaica and UWI officials. Speakers at the Opening Ceremony will also include Mr. Richard York, Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada; Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director of CARIMAC, UWI and Ms. Nadeen Matthews, Chief Digitisation and Marketing Officer, National Commercial Bank (NCB).

The main conference presentations and workshops are free of charge to participants and open to the public. Persons wishing to attend should register online at

The Cyber Security Conference is an initiative of the Mona ICT Policy Centre, CARIMAC, UWI in association with the global Internet Society (ISOC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica.  The lead sponsor is National Commercial Bank. Other sponsors include Henlin Gibson Henlin, E-currence.Com Ltd, and the Spanish Court Hotel.

This year, the conference marks its 5th year. It has been organized over the last four years, as part of a UWI and national response to the growing number of cyber threats, identity thefts, hacking and other risks posed to businesses, government departments and individuals.

Contact:          Sue Ellen Pingue                                    Carol Hart
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Telephone:    977-2111, 977-0898 or 970-6497              Telephone: 733-3253
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Social Media: Twitter: @carimacnews                          Twitter: @CanadaJamaica
Hashtag: #JAcyberconf

2 thoughts on “Canada, CARIMAC Host National Cyber Security Conference Next Week

  1. I find Ransomware to be extremely frightening, one click from an employee and the system can be compromised. I do believe some responsibility should be taken by the business owner/operator in training their employees to recognize what is a legitimate email and what isn’t. Even regular folks, seniors particularly need to be better educated in cyber security, so many fall prey to email scams and lose entire life savings.

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