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OAS Holds Exercises in Cyber Crisis Management in Uruguay

  July 31, 2014

The Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the Agency for the Development of Government of Electronic Management and the Information and Knowledge Society (AGESIC) of the Government of Uruguay, is holding, today Thursday the 31st and tomorrow, Friday the 1st, an exercise in cyber security crisis management in Montevideo.

The event brings together the most important cyber security actors in Uruguay, among them representatives from the Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) of Uruguay, the Ministry of Defense of Uruguay, the Presidency of the Republic, the financial sector, academics and civil society. During the exercises a broad range of cyber incidents attacking the critical infrastructure of the country are simulated. The simulations of these incidents are carried out through the use of a specialized laboratory developed by the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the OAS, with the technical support of the Department of Information and Technology Services (DOITS), and the financial support of the United States Department of State.

The Executive Secretary of CICTE, Neil Klopfenstein, said “cyber security attacks are a serious problem and a real threat in constant evolution, as much for information technology infrastructure as for governmental institutions, the private sector and civil society in general.” Klopfenstein said no country is free from cyber attacks, and that “governments, the private sector and the civil society in the Hemisphere must consider investing in cyber security and the development of the frameworks and capabilities necessary to protect the security of their countries and their institutions.”

For his part, the Director of AGESIC, José Clastornik, said “Uruguay has grown a great deal in the employment of information and communication technologies and there must be responsibility in the services offered to generate the trust of users, therefore, we thank the OAS for sharing its experiences and knowledge with us.”

The opening ceremony for the event feature the participation of Ambassador John Biehl, OAS Representative in Uruguay, who said “it is gratifying to see a large part of the stakeholders of the Uruguayan state collaborating in the efforts of the country to address the cybernetic panorama that is growing closer, seeking the union of all the countries of the Americas, an effort in which you are most certainly joined by the OAS.”

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-323/14