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Jul 4, 2017

Internet operators told to set minimum security standards

Justin Barrow

This April’s National Cyber Security Forum, hosted by Packet Clearing House and the Public Utilities Commission, featured a host of participants working to create a National Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan. But the work is not done, as in the same venue as the Symposium today, the P.U.C. hosted Belize’s major internet service providers, such as Belize Telemedia Limited and Speednet, to discuss minimum cyber security standards. According to Justin Barrow, the P.U.C.’s Director of Telecommunications, the regulator prefers to have the licensees come up with their preferred level of security than intervene on its own. The result will be freedom of choice as to the preferred network.

 

Justin Barrow, Director of Telecommunications, P.U.C.

“Looking at the kinds of attacks that we believe networks in Belize are currently subject to. We are talking about things like probably service attacks, man in the middle attacks, beta being compromised. So these are the kind of things that we kind of want to protect against. So we are having very technical discussion on measures that can be put in place to protect against these things. The treat towards the public is real but in regards to changes that they may feel. They will feel positive changes for example John Doe may be at home using his internet and he is trying to get to nba.com because he wants to check out the score and the game and he realizes he types in nba.com and he hits enter and he is not getting there and he has to do it like two or three times before he gets to the website and he doesn’t know why. These are the kind of things that happen and the average a person doesn’t know why it happens but there is a reason it is happening and that is what we are talking about. That is what we are trying to address here. We want to make sure licensees educate there customers and let them know what are the minimum standards and what are the minimum practices that they can do to secure themselves when they are on the internet. But these same network providers, we also want them to also adopt some best practices some better practices where they haven’t so they can also protect their customers’ information.”

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