Cuba: Computerizing in a Cybersecurity Environment

At the recent “Mesa Redonda” (Round Table), weekly television opinion and debate show dedicated this time to the subject of the “Roads of Computerization in Cuba”, Miguel Gutiérrez, Director of Information Technology of the Ministry of Communications, stressed the importance of replacing foreign-made applications by homemade ones.

“This measure eliminates imports for license payments and mobilizes our productive forces,” he said. The expert also referred to the protection of the personal data of Cuban Internet users.

He reiterated that steps are being taken in that extent to elaborate a norm –process led by the Ministry of Justice with the participation of other entities, and pointed out that the current juncture in the country allows to see this issue more comprehensively.

Gutiérrez dug deeper into future cybersecurity-related actions to provide the population with the necessary tools in that order.

“We should continue our efforts to increase cybersecurity culture in the population, in all workers, in all leaders. Everybody should have that culture”, he said.

In his speech, Gutiérrez also approached certain phenomena spread today that are linked, among others, to the dissemination of fake news and banal contents.

He explained that such a situation has an international scope, but several countries are already taking steps to reduce the proliferation of those contents.

He informed that in Cuba “We are also assessing how to act on that dangerous phenomenon.”

He specified that “It is not normal to consider ordinary that people access harmful contents that do not correspond with the aspirations of our society.”

The official announced that the entity is working to promote that people behave ethical and respectfully in the cyberspace, as they do in the real world. As for those who conceal or forge their identity in the cyberspace, he urged them to be authentic and maskless because that prevents our identity from being forged.

“They are matters to continue stressing to prevent the cyberspace from becoming something that is not in keeping with what we want to promote.”

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

Cuba: Debates on Cybernetic Vulnerability and Criminalistics

The reduction of cybernetic vulnerability and the method of forensic control and investigation will be on the table today during the second day of the 10th Symposium on Criminalistics Technique.

Other issues under discussion at the Havana Conference Center will be the new challenges in the crime scene and the forensic approach of the oral trauma by a projectile weapon.

The head of the Criminalistics Department at the Ministry of the Interior, Colonel Antonio Mesa, said during the opening ceremony that human resources is the greatest strength in this specialty in Cuba.

He pointed out that the countries with greatest economic possibilities stand out in the production and development of expert means and technologies, and their purchase is extremely expensive for poor nations, Mesa said.

This is something very complex for Cuba due to the restrictions of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States more than 50 years ago, the colonel said.

The world is currently experiencing a difficult situation, characterized by the complexity of criminal phenomena and increasingly transnational nature, he said. Such a scenario requires the forces that face it to have a better exchange, cohesion and attachment to the scientific-technical development, he emphasized.

The meeting, to which delegates from Peru, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Russia and the United States are attending, among others, will conclude on Thursday, September 20.

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