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Reasons why Mexico needs a National Cybersecurity Agency

Beyond government commitments, some projects such as the Maya Train, the Santa Lucía airport, the Dos Bocas refinery or the approach of financial and telecommunications systems to remote communities, represent a cybersecurity challenge for Mexico, being that, according to experts , could be achieved through the National Cybersecurity Agency.

For Kiyoshi Tsuru, director in Mexico of the BSA The Software Alliance, our country needs to have a cyber security ecosystem where the private, public and academic sectors converge. For this reason, he stressed the importance of creating a National Agency for Computer Security that develops the national cybersecurity strategy that our country requires.

“(It is necessary), the creation of an autonomous cybersecurity body that issues regulations on the matter, establishes the responsibility of each actor, adheres to international standards, that can sign international agreements, promote accreditation and that has the ability to give incentives to the rest of the actors in the ecosystem ”, he explained during the Cybersecurity Skills for Telecommunications and Radiocommunication organized by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of Mexico.

The cybersecurity specialist assured that he is confident that the first stage of the creation of the agency will conclude in the short term. In addition, he indicated that it is a priority that this institution have a consolidated administrative structure, where the participation of the academy, government and private industry that maintain security and communication protocols, encourage good practices and provide clarity on fines or punishments in case of incurring a fault.

For Tsuru, the National Information Security Agency should have as its main functions to determine and coordinate the policy on computer security within the social, economic and political spheres of the country; in addition, to articulate the scope and the adoption of a federal strategy, so it would be necessary to evaluate laws, penal codes, administrative guidelines and international agreements.

The projects that the current federal administration is betting on are not the only factors that should motivate the public and private sectors to adopt cybersecurity strategies. In the middle of this year, Sophos revealed that Mexico ranks first in cyber attacks worldwide, according to its report The Impossible Puzzle of Security.

The British cybersecurity company noted that during 2018 82 percent of companies established in our country were victims of cyber attacks. Additionally, 27 percent of administrators did not know how or how long the attack was present in their organization’s environment. Given this scenario, both the consequences of cyberattacks on the private industry and federal government projects suggest addressing the urgency of developing a cybersecurity strategy for our country.

Source: El Economista, Expansión