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19/12/2018

Cybersecurity

Towards Greater Security. This year, LACNIC’s AMPARO project organized four workshops to train the community on how to create Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs). More than 120 professionals from the region’s leading security organizations participated in these workshops, held in Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras and Uruguay.

Cyber Threats. According to the reports received this year by LACNIC WARP, in 2018 phishing continued to be the main cyber threat in Latin America and the Caribbean with 60% of all attacks, although there was also a significant increase in the use of malware (18.9%) and redirect attacks (16.35%). During the webinar on Cybersecurity Attack Trends in the LAC Region organized by LACNIC, the head of LACNIC WARP pointed out that cybercrime manages to get away with between 15 and 20% of the economies that the Internet generates each year.

A Key Rollover. A historic event began this 11 October: the new Domain Name System Security Extensions key was used for the first time. The rollover process is expected to be completed in March 2019, when ICANN will remove the previous key from the equipment it uses to manage keys in its facilities.

The Dream Team. This year, Montevideo brought together the world’s leading cybercrime experts working with Team Cymru, a global organization specializing in cybersecurity. Invited by LACNIC, Team Cymru’s local partner, the select group of professionals addressed the main challenges cybercrime is currently facing and agreed to enhance international cooperation to deal with the growing proliferation of online criminal groups.

Greater Resilience. LACNIC’s +Raíces program promoted the installation of an anycast copy of the I root server in Latin America and the Caribbean, in partnership with Netnod.

Three out of the 15 organizations which applied were chosen for the installation of root server copies.

The first of these projects was implemented in Paraguay.