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OIG, PRITS sign collaborative agreement to boost gov’t tech security

By The Star Staff

In a joint effort to strengthen technological security at the governmental level, the Office of the Inspector General of Puerto Rico (OIG) and the Office of Innovation and Technology Services (PRITS) signed a strategic collaborative agreement Wednesday.

The agreement’s main objective is to raise awareness about the importance of key government technology officers and technology personnel being able to know and comply with security regulations to protect sensitive information and ensure the integrity of government technology systems.

While no entity is exempt from cybersecurity risks, in today’s digital age in which information is a critical asset, it is essential that government technology leaders are fully committed to cybersecurity, the officials on hand for the signing of the agreement noted.

OIGPR and PRITS will work collaboratively to develop and implement awareness programs that specifically address responsibilities as related to information security. The programs will focus on providing relevant data on current threats, security best practices, and the importance of staying up-to-date with emerging technologies.

Inspector General Ivelisse Torres stressed that “information security is not only a technical responsibility, but a leadership responsibility.”

“It is crucial that the government’s chief technology officers fully understand the magnitude of their role in protecting information and securing the systems that support government operations,” she said.

Antonio J. Ramos Guardiola, the government’s chief technology officer at PRITS, emphasized that “cyber threats are constantly evolving, and it is essential that the government’s main technology officers are properly informed and trained to anticipate, prevent and respond to potential security incidents.”

“The collaboration between the OIG and PRITS seeks not only to address current threats, but also to prepare technology leaders to meet future challenges,” he added.

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