Dr. Andrew Wheatley
With Jamaica losing more than US$100 million in 2016 due to cyber crimes, the government plans to create a Cyber Academy to tackle the issue.
Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says Jamaica faces many challenges in its fight against cybercrimes, including finding and retaining expertise in the field.
In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Dr. Wheatley said the country must have have cyber-experts to protect public and private assets.
Dr. Wheatley will ask Cabinet next week for approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Government and Israel Aerospace Industries, which would see the creation of the region's first Cyber Academy.
"This academy will build a professional and cyber skilled workforce by providing training, practical experience, and most importantly, Mr. Speaker, certification in the areas of cyber security, cyber defence and cyber intelligence," Dr. Wheatley told the House.