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BUSINESS GUARDIAN www.guardian.co.tt MARCH 2015 • WEEK FOUR
The picturesque Eastern
Caribbean island of Saint
Lucia will be the backdrop
to the highly anticipated
gathering of the men and
women responsible for
securing and administering computer net-
works across the Caribbean.
From April 27 to May 1, the Caribbean
Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) will
hold their ninth regional meeting, a signif-
icant forum that has been a key role in coor-
dinating and equipping the region s technical
"CaribNOG plays a unique role in the
region s technology ecosystem. It is a vol-
unteer-based community dedicated to
strengthening the Caribbean indigenous
capacity to address the rapidly evolving
technology landscape," explained Bevil
Wooding, one of the CaribNOG founders
and a main organiser of the event.
"Computer network engineers and tech-
nology specialists from across the region
and around the world take the time to share
their knowledge and experience with the
colleagues at CaribNOG," he added.
Founded in 2010, CaribNOG has been
steadily building its reputation as the
Caribbean s most influential and solutions-
oriented forum for network engineers and
computer technology professionals. The
group has also built strong connections with
other Network Operator Groups from around
the world, including Latin America, North
America and as far as the Pacific.
"CaribNOG members benefit immensely
from exposure to experts from around the
region and across the globe," said Jamaican-
born Stephen Lee, another CaribNOG
founding member and CEO of ArkiTechs
Inc, a US-based technology firm.
"Topics range from protecting local net-
works from hackers and cyber-criminals to
deploying broadband and the future of the
Internet," he added.
Network security, Internet exchange
points, cloud computing and global network
trends are among the topics to be addressed
at CaribNOG s 9th regional meeting.
"Saint Lucia is really looking forward to
hosting this important meeting," said Simon
Alexander, local organiser and IT manager
at the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean
States (OECS) Commission.
"The previous CaribNOG gathering in
Curacao drew over 100 people from more
than 15 countries. The international nature
of gathering affords us the opportunity to
showcase Saint Lucia and the OECS to
the world as a significant technology-enabled
The CaribNOG 9 meeting is being co-
hosted by the Internet Corporation of
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),
and is also supported by the regional and
global Internet community, including the
Amsterdam Internet Exchange (Ams-IX),
the American Registry for Internet Numbers
(ARIN), the Caribbean Telecommunications
Union, Columbus Communications, Google,
the Latin American and Caribbean Internet
Addresses Registry (LACNIC), the Internet
Society, the Brazilian Network Information
Centre (NIC.br), ArkiTechs Inc, Akamai Inc,
Microsoft and Packet Clearing House.
CaribNOG 9 will feature a slate of experts,
including Arturo Servin (Google Inc); Carlos
Martínez and Alejandro Acosta (LACNIC);
Bevil Wooding (PCH); Mark Kosters (ARIN);
Claire Craig (UWI); Albert Daniels (ICANN);
Shernon Osepa (ISOC); Steve Spence and
Stephen Lee (Arkitechs).
This ninth event comes on the heels of
2014 meetings in Dominica and Curacao.
More information is available on the offi-
cial event Web site.
Electronic security threats levels are on
the rise globally, and the stakes are get-
ting higher. Kaspersky Lab s Global IT
Risks Report (2014) estimated that, after
a data breach, small and medium-sized
business could spend up to $22,000 on staffing,
training and systems. Larger enterprises could poten-
tially spend up to an additional $59,000 on staffing,
$35,000 on training and $75,000 on systems, the
The Caribbean is far from exempt.
Computer networks in both the public and private
sector are increasingly under attack by a variety of
malicious sources, and successful attacks can cause
physical damage, economic loss and other cascading
effects that could disrupt services, communications
But the engineering needed to strengthen the
region s digital defenses is not only technical but
social, says Bill Woodcock, executive director of Packet
Clearing House, a US-based non-profit research
organisation. Speaking on cyber security at the recently
held Grenada ICT Week, in St Georges, Woodcock
said the key is better information-sharing.
"One of the best strategies for Governments and
businesses to strengthened security is to share critical
cyber security information, analyse vulnerabilities,
verify emerging threats, and disseminate mitigation
strategies," he said.
Information-sharing between governments, the
private sector, law enforcement and the global Internet
community is vitally important in mitigating the vul-
nerability of Caribbean critical Internet infrastructure
to cyberattacks, he said.
Woodcock commended the work of the Caribbean
Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) and the
Caribbean Telecommunications Union in creating
greater awareness about cyber security issues across
"Threat information sharing has been a challenge
for governments and private sector for years," said
Stephen Lee, CEO of ArkiTechs Inc and a cybersecurity
expert at CaribNOG. "Information in cyber security
is continuously evolving so even short delays in
sharing information can be harmful."
The volunteer-based CaribNOG group has staged
a series of workshops and public awareness events
to help organisations and network administrators
across the region tackle the increasing barrage of
cyber threats and attacks. Gerard Best
St Lucia to host CaribNOG 9
Google IT expert,
speaking at CaribNOG
event in Trinidad.
Networks of Trust:
Caribbean needs to
strengthen its Internet
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