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Latin American And Caribbean Cyber Security Trends 2013
This report provides an overview of cybersecurity and cybercrime-related developments in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013.
It assesses the major trends in the region in terms of the threats to the cyber domain and those who depend on it, from government institutions to private enterprises to individual users. It also takes stock of the advances made by government authorities to better address the challenges they face in an increasingly connected and ICT-dependent world.
The research for and writing of this report was carried out jointly by the Organization of American States and Symantec, with additional input and support from AMERIPOL, Microsoft, the Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Center (LACNIC), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).
The OAS and AMERIPOL leveraged their network of official contacts with governments throughout the region, and in particular those national agencies or institutions leading cybersecurity and/or cybercrime related efforts.01 Symantec gathered information through its global network, which is made up of more than 41.5 million sensors and records thousands of events per second. Spam, Phishing, and Malware data provided by Symantec is captured through a variety of sources including a system of more than 5 million decoy accounts, and a threat detection network processing over 8.4 billion email messages each month and more than 1.7 billion web requests each day across 14 data centers. Other partners contributed information according to their areas of expertise. For example, ICANN’s research discusses the stability of the internet in the Americas; the APWG enumerates phishing and malware attacks in the region; and Microsoft highlights general cybersecurity trends, with a focus on malware. LACNIC’s research centers on the security and resiliency implications of the internet’s global routing system.
The information reported by government authorities and collected by Symantec and others yielded useful insights in terms of the trends observed in the region, the steps being taken to address them, and those areas where significant gaps or deficiencies remain.