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The Cyber Security Program of the Organization of American States (OAS) has been working to strengthen cyber security capacities in OAS Member States since the early 2000s. Over the years, it has become a regional leader in assisting countries to build technical and policy-level cyber security capacity to ensure a secure and resilient cyberspace. The Cyber Security Program’s support initiatives based on an in-depth analysis and understanding of the extent of cyber threats in a given country, and of existing national capabilities to deal with such threats. In addition, the Program promotes the engagement of partners and stakeholders from different sectors, ensuring that government, private sector and civil society directly participate in the formulation of cyber security policies. 

OAS Regional Cyber Security Framework
In 2004, the OAS became the first regional body to adopt a cyber security strategy through the unanimous approval of “The Comprehensive Inter-American Cyber Security Strategy,” which provides a mandate to the OAS General Secretariat to assist Member States in the creation and strengthening of their cyber security capabilities. Recognizing the evolving nature of cyber security threats, OAS Member States renewed their commitment to cyber security by adopting, in 2012, the declaration on “Strengthening Cyber Security in the Americas” and, more recently, the “Declaration on the Protection of Critical Infrastructure from Emerging Threats” (2015). These instruments are critical for the promotion of politically cohesive cyber security policies in the Americas.

Objectives


  • Establish Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in all Member States
  • Assist Member States in the adoption of National Cyber Security Strategies
  • Create a Hemispheric network of CSIRTs to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices among Cyber security technicians 
  • Promote the inclusion of civil society, the public sector, and end users in all cyber security dialogue                  

  • Strengthen ties with other organizations that are working on cyber security in the region and beyond

How we work

OAS Cyber Security Program addresses cyber security issues based on a flexible and dynamic approach, in which cyber security policies and the provision of technical trainings are adjusted according to new trends and evolving needs. Over the years, the OAS Cyber Security Program has evolved to address the challenges in a multifaceted and tailored approach, establishing a 7-point action plan that can be adapted to best fit a country’s specific needs:

  1. National Cyber Security Strategy Development
  2. Cyber Security Training
  3. CSIRT Development and Hemispheric Network
  4. Crisis Management Exercises (CMEs)
  5. Awareness Raising
  6. Cyber Security Technical Assistance Missions
  7. Access to Cyber Security Expertise