NEW CLIMATE TOOL TO LAUNCH IN CARIBBEAN—07/13/13
The Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation Tool (CCORAL) is scheduled for launch in the Caribbean region in hopes it will lead to meaningful progress in efforts to fight climate change. The CCORAL initiative is designed to promote climate-smart development by including a risk-management mindset in the decision making process. It will provide an online support tool developed by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) with funding from the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom. It is hoped that the tool will promote risk management throughout the Caribbean.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS FROM JAMAICA FORM WORKING GROUP—07/14/13
The Jamaica Information Technology and Service Alliance (JITSA) is a new entity that has been created to represent local information technology (IT) service providers, software developers and consultant services. The group was formed to provide more structured access to IT knowledge, talent, and networks of experts in Jamaica. The group will facilitate connections and information sharing with government, industry, and the media.
HACKING DEMOSTRATION SHOWS EASE OF CYBER-THEFT—07/15/13
A demonstration by an IT security expert, Martin Voelk of Cyber 51 Ltd., showed how easy it is for cyber criminals to access online systems. According to Voelk, computer hacking as increased in the past ten years, and companies only address the problem after they have already been attacked. He said that security is a never-ending process for anyone who uses the Internet. Hacking tools are numerous and easy to get, and companies should try to develop protections by taking the perspective of the attacker.
UTILITY IN JAMAICA LESSENS IMPACT OF STORMS VIA VENTYX SOLUTIONS—07/16/13
Ventyx, an ABB firm, has announced a significant software license agreement with the Jamaica Public Service utility (JPS). The $3 million agreement with the only electricity provider in Jamaica will allow the JPS to upgrade its Ventyx customer management system to obtain more visibility across the transmission network. This will improve outage-restoration times after severe weather events. This is critical for Jamaica, which is located in the “hurricane belt” of the Atlantic Ocean and is frequently impacted by tropical storms that cause power outages.