DHS to Host Latin American Cyber Summit as Region Faces an Onslaught of Digital Attacks
The U.S. Homeland Security Department is hosting the Western Hemisphere Cyber Conference, the first cybersecurity summit with leaders from Latin America. The conference aims to address the increasing cybercrime and influence efforts by China in the region. The meeting was inspired by the need to develop cybersecurity protocols in Latin American countries, as highlighted during a visit to Ecuador by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Recent cyberattacks in Costa Rica have prompted the U.S. to provide $25 million to enhance the country's cyber defenses. Discussions at the conference will cover topics such as protecting critical infrastructure, ransomware, and the U.S. national cyber strategy. China's expanding presence in Latin America, particularly in Ecuador, will also be addressed. The conference aims to establish a long-lasting relationship and engage in follow-on activities and capacity building efforts with the region.