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DR DUSTIN E. Fraser of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and from Guyana, presented a scientific study on how cybersecurity can be an engine of economic growth in developing countries.

Fraser, an assistant professor at the institution, received a doctorate in business analysis and decision science on October 1, 2021 from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland.

The 258-page case study interviewed 20 cybersecurity and IT professionals in 21 economic sectors in Guyana. The aim was to identify existing gaps in cybersecurity knowledge, skills and abilities within the workforce,

explain the source of the deviation and propose appropriate remedial strategies. The Caribbean was recently identified by the Organization of American States as one of the regions with the highest number of new Internet users and, as a result, cybercrime is a common and crippling problem. This study provides a lens through which countries in the region can improve their cybersecurity skills to protect critical infrastructure.

Key findings include the need to improve support for cybersecurity education, establish coordination and collaboration between the public and private sectors, improve information-sharing structures and create an inventory of critical infrastructure assets at the national level.

Dr Fraser proposed a new framework that addresses these concerns by examining the national cybersecurity strategy, the current state of the cyber workforce (skill set), current cybersecurity challenges and the current impact of the cybercrime on economic sectors.

Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Dr Fraser knows firsthand the challenges of building a better economy in a country with vulnerable critical infrastructure, scarce education and training resources, and creating employment opportunities.

“As a young Guyanese man, I was lucky enough to get a government scholarship to study engineering abroad. This opportunity has changed my life and my career options. I hope to apply the results of this study to improving my country and those facing similar challenges in CARICOM, ”he said.

Dr Fraser hopes to implement his framework in several developing countries. He also hopes to find opportunities to further develop easy-to-access, free, and advanced cybersecurity educational materials to improve awareness and cyber-literacy. Its aim is to provide cybersecurity skills development opportunities to young people across Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, using popular tools such as YouTube. “I love teaching through Cooper Union’s Immigrant Retraining Program, but I have enough energy and time to pursue my dream of helping developing countries develop a workforce to protect their critical infrastructure, ”said

Dr Fraser. “This study was only the first step in what I hope will be a career of implementing simple strategies to protect citizens and governments,” he concluded.

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