Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards posts draft Voluntary National Standards for Information Security Management Systems for comments

The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) is inviting comments on the proposed draft Voluntary National Standards for Information Security Management Systems.

These draft Voluntary National Standards comprise three documents, all based on the International Standards Organisation /
International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 27000 series of standards which were reviewed by the TTBS’ National Technical Committee for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and now posted for public comment.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; is a member of the National Technical Committee for ICT which was formed in late 2018.

Here are the three documents for comments, along with links to view the document and a comment form to submit comments to the TTBS on the document. The closing date for comments is June 17 2019.


PCTTS/ISO/IEC 27001:20XX specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organization. It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks tailored to the needs of the organization. The requirements set out in this document are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size or nature. Based on ISO/IEC 27001:2013


PCTTS/ISO/IEC 27002:20XX gives guidelines for organizational information security standards and information security management practices including the selection, implementation and management of controls taking into consideration the organization’s information security risk environment(s). It is designed to be used by organizations that intend to:

  1. select controls within the process of implementing an Information Security Management System based on PCTTS/ISO/IEC 27001:20XX;
  2. implement commonly accepted information security controls;
  3. develop their own information security management guidelines.

Based on ISO/IEC 27002:2013


PCTTS/ISO/IEC 27003:20XX provides explanation and guidance on PCTTS/ISO/IEC 27001:20XX. Based on ISO/IEC 27003:2017

Register to attend Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (#CIGF2019) from May 2-3 2019 & Caribbean FutureScape from 29 April to 1 May 2019

The 15th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF2019) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is taking place from the 2nd to 3rd May 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Wrightson Road, Trinidad and Tobago.

CIGF2019 has a provisional agenda and persons will be able to watch at . You can register for CIGF2019 online.

However, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation and the 15th Anniversary of the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum with a week of ICT-related activities from 29th April to 3rd May 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Trinidad and Tobago. Included in the week’s activities are a Prime Ministerial Summit and a Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, are a Summit and a Ministerial Seminar, a workshop hosted by the International Telecommunication Union and a event called Caribbean FutureScape.

Caribbean FutureScape

Caribbean FutureScape is a simulation of a confederation of 5 Caribbean countries whose governments have collaborated and cooperated to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate the social and economic development of their countries.

Its objectives, according to the Caribbean FutureScape Overview (PDF) document :

  • To demonstrate the transformative potential of ICT in a futuristic Caribbean Single ICT Space.
  • To demonstrate the possibilities for free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and rights of establishment in a Single Market and Economy.
  • To comprehensively demonstrate the benefits of collaboration by Caribbean governments in establishing the Single ICT Space.
  • To prove that competing ICT services providers can be mobilised to collaborate to build the ICT Space.
  • To encourage Caribbean Prime Ministers to commit to 21stCentury Government and national and regional digital transformation.

Check out the Caribbean FutureScape event page for more details and to register for the event.

Background of Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance (IG), initially focusing on the proceedings of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The forum has since met annually and has delivered significant and pioneering benefits to the region as well as to the global Internet community. Highlights of its work include formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework; the proliferation of Internet exchange points (IXPs); capacity building in IG Principles and best practices;and growth in Caribbean influence in international IG fora.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society Lime [Upcoming TTCS AGM, ICANN Reports, Upcoming CIGF] on **This Wednesday** April 17 2019 from 7 to 9:30 pm; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a lime this Wednesday April 17th, 2019 from 7pm to 9:30 pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Our key topic for this lime is to discuss our upcoming AGM and nominations. We should also be receiving reports from representatives at ICANN and TTMAG. Please come prepared with your comments and contributions to the discussion, especially with regards to our nominations for our AGM.

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] . See you there!

Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago releases Draft E-Money Policy for comments until December 12 2018

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago has released a Draft E-Money Policy “To Inform a Ministerial Order for the Category of Persons
other than Licensed Financial Institutions
who can Issue E-money” for comments before December 12 2018.

View / Download Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Draft E-Money Policy (PDF ; 962K)  | Local TTCS copy

From the E-Money Policy introduction:

The Financial Institutions Act 2008 (‘FIA’), defines electronic money (e-money) as “a monetary value represented by a claim on the issuer which is –
a) stored on an electronic device;
b) issued on receipt of funds of an amount not less in value than the monetary value issued; and
c) accepted as a means of payment by persons other than the issuer,
so however that the funds referred to in (b) above shall not be treated as a deposit.”

Currently, only financial institutions as defined in the FIA and licensed to conduct ‘business of banking’ or ‘business of a financial nature’ (‘licensees’) can issue e-money. E-money instruments include prepaid cards or stored value accounts, digital wallets etc.

However, given the emergence of Fintechs3 in the financial landscape, non- licensees have expressed interest in being permitted to issue e-money.

The Central Bank is of the view that e-money issuers other than licensees can help promote financial inclusion and development of the domestic payments system which is still heavily cash based.

Consequently, it has developed this E-money Policy that discusses the proposed regulatory framework for e-money issuers other than licensees for consultation with its regulated entities and other interested stakeholders.

The E-money Policy is divided into four parts:
• Part I is the Introduction;
• Part II discusses E-Money Developments in Trinidad and Tobago;
• Part III together with Appendices 1 and 2 examine international and regional precedent,
including risks associated with e-money issuance; and
• Part IV presents the policy recommendations for Trinidad and Tobago which are detailed in Appendix 3 – the draft E-Money Issuer Order to be made by the Minister of Finance.

The Central Bank advises that the consultation on the draft E-money Policy will  be closed on December 12, 2018. Comments on the E-money Policy should be forward by e-mail to [email protected]





TTCS OSSWIN 2.4 a collection of Free and Open Source Software (#FOSS) for Windows available for download

the all new TTCS OSSWIN 2.0 featuring a new web UI

The TTCS OSSWIN v2.40, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows 10/8/7 is available for download. The latest release features several software updates.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at for more details and to download the 4GB collection as an ISO file for extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device or for burning on to a DVD.

Note that you can also browse TTCS OSSWIN online at which features the web interface to learn about Free and Open Source programs in various categories, including screenshots or videos of the programs and a link to the program’s website where you can download the program. The web based UI is responsive, meaning it should be usable on non-Windows small screen mobile phones and tablets.