The Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) has just concluded a successful Cyber Security Seminar focusing on, the crucial need to protect critical infrastructure in St. Maarten. The seminar featured a keynote address which was delivered by the Caribbean Cyber Security Center from Barbados, and shedding some light on recent cyber-attacks in the region, and the importance of safeguarding these vital systems.
Mrs. Judianne Hoeve, Interim Director of BTP, expressed concerns regarding recent cyber developments and underscored the urgency of collaborative efforts in combatting this issue. “We must recognize that our economy faces significant risks when our critical infrastructures are vulnerable to malicious attacks”. These critical systems encompass vital sectors including water supply, energy grids, telecommunication networks, healthcare services, financial institutions, and emergency services.
An integral part of the seminar was the invaluable contribution of VWO 6 students from the Milton Peter College (MPC). In collaboration with BTP, the students conducted a comprehensive cyber security survey and presented their findings. they also showcased a demonstration of “ethical hacking” during the seminar, thereby illustrating the ease with which networks can sometimes be compromised.
Mrs. Judianne Hoeve expressed admiration for the students’ contributions and conveyed optimism in their potential return to St. Maarten after pursuing further studies abroad. She stands committed to recognizing and rewarding returning students and their dedication to safeguarding St. Maarten’s cyber landscape.
The seminar attracted representatives from government IT, the telecommunications sector, utilities provider GEBE, banking institutions, law enforcement, fire department, disaster management, and the Ministry of TEATT.