Joint Select Committee Into Cyber-Attack

November 4, 2023 | 2 Comments

A Joint Select Committee of both Houses will “inquire into and make recommendations arising from September’s cyber-attack” and the Legislature “will take under consideration a Cybersecurity Bill.”

This is according to the 2023 Throne Speech, with the relevant extract stating, “Bermuda learned that the geographic isolation of the Atlantic Ocean is no barrier to the cyber-wars of the 21st century. Government systems were attacked and it has taken a Herculean effort to restore and recover those systems.

“Whilst protections were in place and more were contemplated, the events of this September have both accelerated and shifted those plans. The Government has mandated an increase in threat detection, as well as enhanced security training for public officers.

“In this Session, the Legislature will be invited to strike a Joint Select Committee of both Houses to inquire into and make recommendations arising from September’s cyber-attack.

“Additionally, the Legislature will take under consideration a Cybersecurity Bill, the draft of which will be amended to reflect recommended statutory strengthening required in the wake of the cyberattack on the Bermuda Government.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    More than a month after the attack and the PLP Government is finally talking about, not doing yet, doing an investigation.

  2. Hilarious! says:

    Hilarious! A Cybersecurity Bill! Make sure it is boldly posted on every Government server and easy to find so that those mischievous foreign teenage hackers can read it. Be sure to include an International No Hacking sign on the cover page. How about posting the sign on every Government webpage?

    The same people who allowed the September intrusion and other breaches to happen for years still have their jobs. Why? I know it is a silly question, but someone has to ask. Inquiring minds want to know.

    Cyberattacks and the hacking of the Government have been going on for years. Imagine your car is leaking oil, and after, say, five years, the mechanics at the garage still cannot figure out why it is leaking. But the mechanics keep charging you for their services and oil, and you keep paying the bills. Would you not look elsewhere for mechanics to fix the problem?

    Imagine a jewelry store owner who rarely locks doors and windows, and leaves jewelry out in unlocked display cases. Teenagers walk in unnoticed one day right past the employees, steal the jewelry and cash from the register, and walk out of the store. The employees do nothing. Pickings are so good the teenagers keep coming back because they enjoy the thrill of the theft. What advice would you give to the store owner?

    A Joint Select Committee comprised of MPs who have a tough time using email will no doubt result in a lengthy document months from now written by their admins and costly consultants.

    The implementation is snail-paced by those who allowed the attacks and breaches to happen in the first place. “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein

    Bermudians deserve new mechanics.

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