St Lucia ramps up cyber-security after St Vincent website hacked
The government of Saint Lucia said in a statement on Tuesday that it noted with concern the recent attack on the official website of the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
“This appears to be part of a trend of increasing reports of cyber-attacks of various kinds regionally and internationally,” the statement read.
As the government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) seeks to continually enhance its online presence and make more of its services accessible online to citizens and other users, it said it is ever mindful of the increasing importance of cyber security. This is why it has embarked on numerous initiatives and taken several proactive measures to reduce the possibility of successful attacks on government information and technology assets, as well as to reduce the negative impact should such incidents occur.
These measures are multi-layered and involve active cooperation among various personnel and collaboration with agencies and authorities at the national, regional and international levels.
“The recent cyber-attack in our sister OECS country highlights the need for everyone, at the government, private sector, civil society and individual levels to be cognizant of the importance of cyber-security. From the simplest of measures like strengthening passwords, periodically changing them and not sharing them with others, to not responding to phishing attacks and other internet schemes that seek to cause you to post personal information online, to more detailed ones like regularly using up-to-date antivirus software and periodically conducting security scans of your computers and networks, we can all play our part in minimizing the risk posed by these cyber threats,” the government said.
The government of Saint Lucia said it will continue to employ all practicable means at its disposal to reduce its vulnerability to cyber-attacks and to mitigate the impacts of such attacks should one take place.