PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia notes with concern the recent attack on the official web site of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
This appears to be part of a trend of increasing reports of cyberattacks of various kinds regionally and internationally.
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 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 cyberattack 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 of Saint Lucia will continue to employ all practicable means at its disposal to reduce its vulnerability to cyberattacks and to mitigate the impacts of such attacks should one take place.