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JaCIRT urges companies to strengthen cybersecurity measures

The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JaCIRT) has received more than 700 reports of cybercrimes since the start of the year.

This has prompted a call from the team for companies in the private and public sectors to strengthen cybersecurity measures, to safeguard against evolving cyber threats and risks.

Lieutenant Colonel Godphey Sterling, head of JaCIRT, told a JIS 'Think Tank', on Wednesday that the team is seeing a whole slew of existing and emerging threats. 

He disclosed that there are 15 main threats that all business entities must take into consideration. 

These include malware, web-based attacks, identity theft, inside threats and data breach.

Colonel Sterling pointed out that there has been a rise in distributed denial-of-service attacks, where attackers prevent users from accessing online services and sites.

He recommended that businesses invest in legitimate software, plus upgrade and update as necessary; stay away from free and questionable software, which may have malicious codes embedded in them; and properly configure routers and fire walls.