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7th National Cyber Security Conference



June 18, 2019 – June 19, 2019

Theme: “What Next for NIDS?; Unpacking GDPR; Promoting Digital Productivity”

The issues of National ID Systems, Data Protection and Personal Privacy will be the highlights at the 7th staging of the UWI’s National Cyber Security Conference, to be held next week Tuesday, June 18 at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona.

The Opening keynote address will be delivered by Mr Gilberto Martins de Almeida, Legal Advocate and Consultant to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in a ceremony starting at 9.00 am on Tuesday. A message from Technology Minister Hon Fayval Williams will be delivered by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Ms Wahkeen Murray.

The conference is being hosted by the Mona ICT Policy Centre (MICT) at CARIMAC, UWI, under the theme “Data Protection – What Next for NIDS?; Unpacking GDPR; Promoting Digital Productivity with AI”. The one-day event will feature an array of other local and international speakers in three (3) panel sessions. These include Senator Robert Morgan, Parliamentary Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Julian Robinson, Opposition Spokesman on Science and Technology, Professor Hopeton Dunn, Technology Policy Analyst and Director, Mona ICT Policy Centre. Presentations will also be made by Attorney at Law, Mrs Georgia Gibson Henlin QC of Henlin Gibson Henlin; Ms Nicole Foga, Managing Partner of the law firm Foga Daley and Company and Mr Douglas Halsall, CEO, Advanced Integrated Systems Limited.

Conference sessions will discuss the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as well as new ways to achieve improved Digital Productivity and security online. The closing session will take the form of a much anticipated Roundtable Discussion on the future of Jamaica’s National ID System (NIDS) in light of the Supreme Court ruling that rendered the enabling legislation null and void. Government and Opposition spokespersons, as well as legal and technical experts will analyse the future of NIDS and consider how such systems have been successfully implemented in other jurisdictions.

The event is being hosted in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union, the Internet Society and the Canadian High Commission. The lead sponsor is again the National Commercial Bank (NCB), with other sponsors including RJRGleaner Communications Group, the law firm Henlin Gibson Henlin and the Spanish Court Hotel. As the event garners interest outside of Jamaica, a new sponsor, Calibra Solutions Limited from Trinidad and Tobago, will make their Jamaican debut with demonstrations of technologies related to identity and artificial intelligence.

For more details on conference registration and speakers , please visit: http://cybersecurity.carimac.com.

Contact: Ms Danielle Insang, Conference Admin Assistant, Mona ICT Policy Centre (MIICT) CARIMAC, UWI, at [email protected]

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6th National Cyber Security Conference



November 27, 2018 – November 28, 2018

Theme: “Data Protection – Securing Big Data, Understanding Biometrics and Protecting National ID Systems”

The Mona ICT Policy Centre at CARIMAC, UWI, is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 6th National Cyber Security Conference.

The Conference is to be held November 27-28, 2018, at the UWI’s Regional Headquarters, Mona, starting at 9 am on each of the two days. This year, the theme of the conference is: Data Protection – Securing Big Data, Understanding Biometrics and Protecting National ID Systems.

Panel Sessions at the Conference will address such sub-topics as Understanding Data Protection – Issues and Approaches; Protecting Big Data – Protecting Rights; Biometrics –Tools for Protecting Data and Organizations; Defending against Cyber Threats to National Assets and Evaluating National ID Systems (NIDS).

In announcing the start of registration, Conference Chair, Professor Hopeton Dunn, confirmed that there will be the usual exciting line-up of local and international speakers, including representatives of the Virginia-based Internet Society (ISOC), the Canadian ICT Sector, local and international banking executives, members of the IT and security communities as well as government and academia. “We are looking forward to robust discussions and recommendations out of the five (5) exciting conference sessions to be held over the two-day event,” observed Professor Dunn, who leads a team from MICT and CARIMAC in organizing the event.

The lead sponsor is again the National Commercial Bank (NCB), with other sponsors including RJR Gleaner Communications Group, the law firm Henlin Gibson Henlin and the Spanish Court Hotel. The Canadian High Commission, ITU and ISOC remain key partners.

This year’s 6th event is being organized against the background of five (5) previous successful conferences, attended by a wide range of participants drawn from the ICT, IT, banking, regulatory, academic, telecoms and other groupings from both the private and public sectors.

Participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited.

For more details and registration on the conference, please go to: http://cybersecurity.carimac.com.

Contact: Conference Admin Assistant, Ms Odeanne Thomas, MICT, CARIMAC, UWI, at [email protected].

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5th National Cyber Security Conference



November 28, 2017 – November 29, 2017

Theme: “Understanding FinTech, Ransomware and Cyber Threats to Governance”

Recent large-scale cyber-attacks such as WannaCry, the hack of Equifax and of the US Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer system, among others, all signal a growing trend in destructive threats to businesses, governments and individuals. Today’s cyber threats spread fast, morph quickly and deliver potentially lethal damage. Now more than ever, cyber security professionals, businesses and governments etc. must maintain an up-to-the-minute understanding of the continuously evolving threat environment.

The 2017 Cyber Security Conference will therefore bring together national, regional and international partners to discuss the evolution of worrying cybersecurity trends that have aggravated the threat environment. It will also provide information to stakeholders on how to develop intelligent security ecosystems to protect from cyber threats, and to support corporate and government ICT usage in an era of rapidly expanding connectivity.

The Conference will feature a wide range of local and international speakers during four panel sessions and one workshop across the two days. Topics include:

  • The Global Rise of Ransomware and How to Respond
  • FinTech, Cyber Security and Business Readiness
  • Cyber Security: MSMEs and Community Awareness
  • Cyber Threats to Governance: Protecting Democracy and the Electoral Process
  • Workshop on Understanding Blockchain: The Future of Bitcoin and Other Crypto Currencies

There will be a special Opening Ceremony starting at 9:00 a.m. on November 28 (Day 1), to mark the Conference’s 5th anniversary. The Conference Chair remains Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director of CARIMAC and of the Mona ICT Policy Centre.

International Conference partners include the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica. Local sponsors are led by the National Commercial Bank (NCB).

Conference registration is now OPEN. Admission to the conference is free of charge. However, registration is required for both days and space is limited.

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Space is limited. Registration is subject to space availability.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Highlights and Key Outcomes of the 2016 Conference

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4th National Cyber Security Conference



November 28, 2016 – November 29, 2016

Theme: “Mobile Money, Online Banking and Citizen Awareness”

The fourth National Cyber Security Conference on Mobile Money, Online Banking and Citizen Awareness will take place on Monday and Tuesday, November 28-29, 2016 at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston Jamaica. The two-day Conference will aim to provide information to stakeholders on how to identify cyber threats. It will also explore the economic, legal, regulatory and ethical issues involved in cyber security.

The event will bring together national, regional and international partners who will discuss evolving cyber security and data protection strategies affecting the financial sector, its customers and government agencies. The event will feature expert Conference Presenters who will share knowledge on cyber challenges, existing best practices in the industry, protection measures and how to conduct cyber audits for entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The Conference is being hosted by the Mona ICT Policy Centre, located in the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), UWI in association with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the global Internet Society (ISOC).

Admission to the conference is free of charge. However registration is required for both days of the Conference.

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Space is limited. Registration is subject to space availability.

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3rd National Conference on Cyber Security



November 17, 2015 – November 18, 2015

Theme: “Data Protection, Financial Services and Customer Awareness”

The third National Cyber Security Conference on Data Protection, Financial Services and Customer Awareness will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17-18, 2015 at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston Jamaica. The two-day Conference will aim to provide information to stakeholders on how to identify cyber threats. It will also explore the economic, legal, regulatory and ethical issues involved in cyber security.

The event will bring together national, regional and international partners who will discuss evolving cyber security and data protection strategies affecting the financial sector, its customers and government agencies. Day One of the event will feature expert Conference Presenters who will share knowledge on cyber challenges and existing best practices in the industry. Day Two will facilitate a Cyber Safe Workshop to demonstrate to participants, cyber threats, protection measures and how to conduct cyber audits for entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The Conference is being hosted by the Mona ICT Policy Centre, located in the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), UWI in association with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM). This year’s Conference is being sponsored by National Commercial Bank, Henlin Gibson Henlin Attorneys at law, and Jamaica National Building Society.

Admission to the conference is free of charge. However registration is required for both days of the Conference.

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Space is limited. Registration is subject to space availability.

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