06th October 2016
The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Information Technology as part of Cyber Security month – October, is partnering with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to develop and deploy a universal online safety and security messaging scheme to alerting and instruct users and consumers on the importance of online security.
A website relevant to Antigua and Barbuda’s campaign and geared towards the specifications of the STOP THINK CONNECT initiative has been instituted to sensitize the public on the importance of cyber security awareness and the importance of best practices when using the Internet.
The local STOP THINK CONNECT website at www.stopthinkconnect.org.ag provides tips on how to keep a clean machine from malware and other online threats, protect your personal information when using Wi-Fi hotspot or an open internet connections, customizing privacy and security setting on social media and other website for information sharing, etc
The campaign’s three easy actionable steps: STOP THINK CONNECT are easy to understand and apply and advises all Internet users to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
The STOP THINK CONNECT Project is one of 28 eGovernment projects that a team at The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology under the guidance of the Hon. Melford Nicholas are working towards fulfilling by year end 2016.
The campaign’s Partner Program aims to address the worldwide problems of online security and cybercrime by harmonizing messaging across the globe.
Antiguans have easier access through the Ministry’s hard work through the realization of the Online Driver’s License Renewal, the digitization of records for persons to conduct searches online at the Intellectual Property, access to search for title deeds online at the Land Registry, and the digitization of records at the Police for the certificate of character.
Barbuda was not left out as the Ministry’s team was also instrumental in getting the Council and Treasury computerized.
Other projects already completed include the e-visa through Immigration, and the provision of laptops to the National Public Library.