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Gibraltar steps up awareness of cyber threats

A new cybersecurity initiative will bring together law enforcement experts and representatives from the public and private sectors to strengthen Gibraltar’s defences to online threats.

GibCyberWatch was launched by the Royal Gibraltar Police under the umbrella of the Gibraltar Contingency Council.

It aims to share information on threats and vulnerabilities, with a view to better protecting critical infrastructure and key sectors such as financial services, as well as the wider community.

“Protection of national infrastructure is vital,” said Police Superintendent Ian McGrail, one of the drivers behind the initiative.

The focus on cyber threats and awareness is seen as particularly crucial given the Gibraltar economy’s reliance on online gaming and financial services.

Fundamental to Gibraltar’s economy is maintaining its reputation, Mr McGrail explained. Any breach by hackers could not only result in economic loss but could be an issue of national security.

Experts say that Gibraltar, much like the rest of the world, is constantly under cyber-attack, with criminals finding innovative ways to remain undetected within local computer systems.

Ans event at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel yesterday officially launched the Gibraltar Cyber Security Partnership, which will form part of a larger strategy.

The partnership aims to identify risks, develop and enhance capabilities and mitigate cyber threats through education, awareness, investigation and enforcement action.

“I am delighted to support this crucial initiative,” Lieutenant General Governor Edward Davis said.



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