By Gerard Best
FLORIDA, United States, Thursday December 21, 2017 – As cyber attacks continue to rise in the Caribbean, a group of computer experts from around the region are preparing to gather to discuss ways to defend the digital networks and systems we have come to rely on for everyday life.
It will happen at the 15th gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group, (CaribNOG 15) the region’s largest volunteer-based community of computer network engineers. The event will be held in Miami, Florida from April 19 to 20, 2018.
“The Internet is now foundational to the development of our Caribbean societies and economies. It is the responsibility to technology professionals in the region to help shape its development and to help defend it against attack,” said Bevil Wooding, one of the founders of CaribNOG.
“At CaribNOG 15, we will be discussing a range of issues related to the development of a more open, resilient and secure Internet. We will also continue our efforts to develop the human network by providing a forum for computer network operators from around the region to meet and interact with their counterparts from across the Caribbean and around the world.”
Wooding is also the Caribbean Outreach Liaison at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), one of five registries worldwide that coordinate Internet number resources.
ARIN has been a longtime supporter of CaribNOG and is providing a Fellowship program to support persons interested in participating in the ARIN 41 and CaribNOG 15 meetings in Miami. The ARIN Fellowship Programme offers up to 15 individuals an opportunity to attend these meetings at no charge, and also offers hotel accommodations at the meeting venue, round-trip economy class airfare, and a stipend.
“The ARIN 41 and CaribNOG 15 meetings provide interested persons in the Caribbean with an opportunity to shape Internet policy and to gain practical technical knowledge and skills. This is particularly important, given the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks and our region’s increased reliance on information and communications technologies in almost every sector,” added Wooding.
CaribNOG 15 immediately follows ARIN’s next public policy meeting, ARIN 41, which takes place from April 15 to 18, 2018.