News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – “The Government of Bermuda recognises the critical importance that Information and Communication Technology plays not only in business but our daily lives,” said Minister of National Security Michael Weeks.

Minister Weeks made the statement during the International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security which was held last week. 

The conference, which saw leaders from around the world speak on cyber issues, aims to examine and analyse the emerging cyber law, cybercrime and cyber security trends facing countries today. 

More than 1,100 people attended the event, including government officials, law enforcement representatives, the corporate sector and the judiciary. 

Minister Weeks who spoke virtually at the conference added: “Bermuda has a Cybersecurity Governance Board which is made up of twelve members that include members from both Government and non-Government entities and is chaired by an industry expert. 

“The main purpose of the Cybersecurity Governance Board is to implement our National Cybersecurity Strategy, which the Government approved in 2018. 

“Like many long-term strategies, it did not anticipate or allow for a pandemic. During 2020 and 2021, we, like I am sure many of you, had to divert resources to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Unfortunately, this delayed the delivery of the goals of the cybersecurity strategy. Having said that, considerable progress has been made in implementing the strategy.” 

The Government has made cybersecurity a priority and the Ministry of National Security plans to introduce a Cybersecurity Bill in the House of Assembly next year followed by a CyberCrime Bill.