Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) from August 21-23 2017 with local CIGF hub in Trinidad and Tobago

The 13th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be held from August 21 – 23 2017 at the Government’s Training Division, Betteto Frett Building, Wickham’s Cay 1 in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

You can read the overview and agenda of the 13th CIGF and register for the event online at http://www.ctu.int/events/13th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/

The times in the British Virgin Islands is the same in Trinidad and Tobago so no need to recalculate the times on the CIGF agenda.

While persons will be able to watch and participate online, the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT) will be having a local hub on the same days at the University of the West Indies (UWI). See the ISOC-TT’s Facebook event page for details to register to attend.

CIGF Background

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the CTU and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance. The forum has since met annually and the primary products of its work have been the formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework (currently at v2), the proliferation of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and capacity building in Internet Governance Principles across the Caribbean.

The 13th CIGF will assess the status and effectiveness of the new thrust, being pursued since 2014, to enhance Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean. The new thrust will accelerate the development of national multi-stakeholder structures to facilitate in-country implementation of regionally derived/harmonised activities. The 13th CIGF will also provide a regional platform to highlight and address current IG issues of Caribbean and global prominence, towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean methodologies and formulating action plans for advancing Caribbean interests.

 

Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) from 2 to 4 August 2017 ; how to watch #LACIGF10 online

(updated August 3 2017 : to include YouTube links for today’s LACIGF sessions)

The tenth edition of the Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) meeting is taking place in Panama City, Panama, on 2-4 August 2017.

What is LACIGF? LACIGF is the Regional Latin American and Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum. The event has been held annually since 2008 and provides a space for multisectoral dialogue where government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society organization representatives present and discuss their points of view on the Internet Governance agenda for the region.

The LACIGF agenda shows the times of the various Internet Governance sessions over the 3 days. Note that the times are local to Panama which is 1 hour earlier than the time in Trinidad and Tobago. Therefore, one must add one hour to the times listed in the LACIGF agenda.

At least two sessions will feature panelists from the Caribbean

  • Thursday August 3 2017 at 12noon  – 2pm (local time in Trinidad & Tobago)
    Integrating the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs) and Internet Governance
  • Friday, August 4th 2017 at 10am – 11:30am (local time in Trinidad and Tobago)
    Local spaces for Internet Governance dialogue. Progress in the various discussions

The sessions at LACIGF 10 are streamed on YouTube via the LACNIC’s YouTube channel :

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday June 7 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday June 7 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Key focus for this meeting is the Cybercrime Bill 2017 introduced in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament last month. The TTCS is considering whether to submit a comment on this bill.

Another ICT topics as time permits:

  • the WannaCry ransomware
  • the recent IT disruption at British Airways

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to info@ttcsweb.org as space is limited.

Managers of Trinidad & Tobago Government’s ICT infrastructure assures things are in place to treat with #Wannacry ransomware threats

The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications of Trinidad and Tobago (MPAC) have issued a press release dated May 17 2017 “Protection against Ransomware”.

In the press release, MPAC notes that

  • it has received assurances from the managers of Government’s ICT infrastructure that systems are in place to treat with ransomware threats such as WannaCrypt/WannaCry ;
  • a eight month extension to using Symantec’s End-point security software
  • a review looking at the vulnerability of Government’s ICT infrastructure
  • Information about WannaCrypt, including general tips on avoiding such ransomware.

Here’s the MPAC’s press release:


PROTECTION AGAINST RANSOMWARE
May 17, 2017

The Minister of Public Administration and Communications has received an assurance from the managers of the Government’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure that there are systems in place to treat with `ransomware’ attacks that afflicted over 100 countries over the weekend.

The Government’s ICT infrastructure, GovNeTT, is managed by the National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (iGovTT) which is supported by contractual agreements with a contractor’s alliance of Fujitsu and a team of ICT companies.

Last week the Minister told the House of Representatives that Government had saved US$40 million in negotiating a new Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for the public service and had also reached agreement on a new End-point security software contract with Symantec. End-point Security protection will be the Government’s first defense in protecting its IT assets from cyber-attacks such as Ransomware.

The Government also achieved $2.5 million dollars in savings in its negotiations with Symantec. The old Symantec agreement expired in 2016 but the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications (MPAC) negotiated an eight-month extension at no cost. It is expected that the new agreement will provide $3.6 million worth of security software to the public sector.

As the Minister with responsibility for ICT, Minister Cuffie said the Symantec agreement provides security for all computers and software throughout the public service.

Additionally, a review which looks at the vulnerability of GovNeTT is also being conducted. This exercise is expected to be completed shortly. In the meantime, the MPAC will work with iGovTT to prepare a best practice checklist which will be shared with all Ministries, Government departments and agencies.

Further information on the ransomware attack is provided below from our ICT providers:

There was widespread international disruption caused by the ransomware attack known as WannaCryptOr/WannaCry. This has the ability to encrypt all files on a Windows system and render it unusable unless a fee is paid for decryption.

On 12-May-2017, Microsoft released a security update for versions of Windows that are no longer under mainstream support (Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64, Windows  Server 2003 SP2 x86, Windows XP SP2 x64, Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86, Windows 8 x86, Windows 8 x64).

Fujitsu has assured that it is aware of the global ransomware threat from last Friday and has been reviewing potentially vulnerable Windows systems in GovNeTT. This includes the current patch levels as well as firewall rules which may allow for the spread of the threat. The company has committed to executing any emergency change orders based on their findings.

Public servants and members of the public are asked to note cyber criminals are constantly active, seeking new ways to attack both corporate networks and individual syayems. Attacks vary in purpose but “phishing” attacks are increasingly common. Phishing attacks often appear to come from a trusted source, including an organization’s leadership team. All persons are reminded to be extremely vigilant when opening emails from unexpected sources or from individuals known to you but from an unusual/different email address, opening attachments or following links.

Some simple steps you can take to protect yourself are:

• If an email looks suspicious, treat it with care and do not click on enclosed links
• Take particular care with links in web-based email
• Rather than clicking on a link, open a new browser window and go to the known home page for the site
• Use different passwords for different online accounts; if one is compromised the others will still be protected
• Change passwords regularly, and if you suspect that your password has been compromised, change it immediately
• Don’t disclose your password to anyone
• Remember that reputable companies do not send unsolicited mail asking you to provide sensitive information
• Don’t provide personal or financial information through a website, unless you typed in the web address yourself
• Look for indications that a website is secure (for example, a URL that begins https)


 

Ministry of Works and Transport of Trinidad and Tobago launches Online Vehicle Validation System

 

The Ministry of Works of Transport (MOWT) of Trinidad and Tobago has launched an Online Vehicle Validation System at a ceremony at the MOWT Port of Spain office on May 3 2017.

Persons can visit https://apps.mowt.gov.tt/vrv/ to “quickly validate or confirm vehicle owner and vehicle registration electronically based on documents stored at the transport division of the Ministry of Works and Transport.” by entering any two of the following three fields:

  • License Plate Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Engine Number