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Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) to Meet in June

One week after the successful launch of Belize IXP, the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) is scheduled to meet on the 8th & 9th June in Curacao. The event promises to offer a unique forum providing participants with regional as well as global insights on how the Caribbean can maximize the opportunities that can be derived from greater interconnection and peering between local, regional and international internet service providers.

Designed as a multi-stakeholder forum, CarPIF will facilitate in-depth discussion on a number of issues critical to ICT-based development. The event will see participation from high-level industry stakeholders, including: infrastructure providers, Service Providers, IXPs, governments and regulators.

The forum expects to afford attendees the opportunity to acquire knowledge through inspiring presentations, panel discussions and networking time on connectivity, content delivery & peering, Internet Exchange points and the digital infrastructure as a driver for innovation & economic growth in the Caribbean.

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St Lucian Firm Provides Aid To Job Seekers

St. Lucian Digital Marketing company Alpha Innova Group has partnered with to launch a Jobs website catering to the needs of Employers and Job Seeks in St. Lucia and the OECS.

“With the current Unemployment rate in Saint Lucia now at 25% and the Caribbean average hovering around 15%, we believe that our system will help fill a massive void in the Eastern Caribbean by providing a 24 hour 7 day a week service which can assist frustrated Job Seekers as well as Employers. The system can assist in the regional integration process by sharing vital job information across the islands as well as being a contributing factor to helping Governments around the region tackle the troublesome Unemployment problem” said Jemy Altenor the 25-year-old business Founder. connects Employers and Job Seekers across the Caribbean via a user friendly and daily updated website. Our partnership with also gives us access to thousands of Jobs around the world which will be available by special request, Altenor stated.

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RansomeWare Attacks Confirmed In The Bahamas

Just two weeks after reporting of the concern that the business community in the Caymans were falling prey to Ransomware attacks, there are confirmed reports of such incidents coming out of the Bahamas.

The Nassau Guardian spoke with Mark Hammerton, head of operations at Secure Hosting Limited, who confirmed that he had received the virus in the form of several emails.

While Hammerton was not aware of any businesses that reported paying ransoms as a result of encountering the virus, he said there is a different form of the “ransomware” software that is more recent and smarter. “I am sure you have seen it,” he added.

Hammerton explained that “lock-key ransomware” — a similar software to the original – involves using more personal information to disguise the scam and trick persons to open an email that would be of interest to them.

In 2014, Bahamian Minister of National Security Bernard Nottage told attendees of a Cyber Security workshop on the development of a National Computer Security Cyber Incident Response Team (CSIRT) — that electronic networks were increasingly being used for criminal purposes or for objectives that can harm the integrity of critical infrastructure and create barriers to extending the benefits of Information Communication Technologies.

“To address those threats and protect infrastructures, each country needs a comprehensive action-plan that addresses technical, legal and policy issues combined with regional and international cooperation,” Nottage added.

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