At the 2004 OAS General Assembly, the Member States approved Resolution AG / RES. 2004 (XXXIV-O/04), titled “The Inter-American Integral Strategy to Combat Threats to Cyber Security,” and in doing so provided a mandate calling on the CICTE Secretariat to begin working on cyber security issues. The CICTE Secretariat employs an integral approach to building cyber security capacity in OAS Member States, recognizing that the responsibility for securing cyberspace lies with a wide range of national and regional entities from the public and private sectors working on both policy and technical issues.

Among the main objectives of the Secretariat are to establish national "alert, watch, and warning" groups, also known as Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), in each country; create a Hemispheric watch and warning network made up of these CSIRTs that provides guidance and support to cyber security technicians from around the Americas; cultivate and support the development of National Cyber Security Strategies; and promote a culture and awareness of cyber security that provides for strengthening of Cyber Security in the Americas.