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The State of Cybersecurity in Mexico: An Overview

As faster and more efficient digital networks continue to make the world more interconnected, the cost of cybercrime incidents have also increased drastically. The Organization of American States is currently looking at how to develop hemispheric policies that protect civilians ad governments against these harmful cyber activities. The strategies are also aimed at reinforcing economic and social development based on “a sound information and communication technologies environment.” In Mexico, these include “public and private investment of secure data storage infrastructure.” The country has the ability to become the pioneer of data rights in Latin America, but must replace aging equipment with modern equipment that can comply with regional, national, and international protection of information practices. In order for this to be turned into a reality, funding must be found, and the Mexican Government needs to be able to “effectively sanction those who intrude in secure systems…” Cybersecurity is not only needed to ensure Mexico’s safekeeping, but also influences sustainability, resilience, social and economic development.
Luisa Parraguez Kobek
The Wilson Center
Industry Focus: 
Information & Telecommunication
Internet & Cyberspace
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