In Panama, they propose to include cyber security in teaching programs

The objective of the three-day meeting, sponsored by the Parliament of Latin America and the Caribbean (Barlatino), was to raise awareness at the political level of cyber threats, in order to subsequently enact laws or other initiatives capable of effectively protecting the population.

The Regional Director of the Center for Combating Crime, the main technical organizer of the meeting, Alejo Campos, told the press that the proposal aims to make it a general policy for the ministries of education in the countries of the region.

The expert also highlighted the recommendation regarding the need to update Barlatino’s Model Law on Cybercrime and Cybercrime.

On the other hand, he commented that with regard to the criminalization of cybercrime, he suggested above all emphasizing the preventive and educational nature of the new procedures and thus avoiding criminal behaviour.

Experts at that forum said the fight against cybercrime remains one of the most complex challenges for national authorities.

At the meeting, the President of Barlatino, Argentinian Silvia Giacopo, noted that in a third of Latin American countries there is no legal framework against computer crime and that only five countries in the region have joined the Budapest Convention.

Other members commented that the authorities have found that companies that fall victim to this type of crime prefer not to report them to avoid damaging their reputation. They commented that citizens do not, often because of a mistrust of the authorities, or because they fear that the government itself is picking up their information without permission.

He learned that the most common crimes in Panama are attacks on emails and electronic fraud against the private sector, which is on the rise.

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In addition to Barlatino and the Regional Bureau for Crime Prevention, the Forum was organized by the International Republican Institute and Regional Program Alliances for Democracy and Development with Latin America, affiliated with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

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