About the Team 


CIRT.GY is the public brand of the Guyana National Computer Incident Response Team (GNCIRT).

The Government of Guyana approved the formation of this team in an August 2012 cabinet decision. Subsequent to this approval, four members of staff were recruited on August 2, 2013.

The team initially functioned as a unit within the Ministry of Public Security until September 30, 2016. Guyana National CIRT is now under the purview of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) within the Ministry of Public Telecommunications.

The team is a specialised unit which promptly and correctly manages incidents so they are quickly contained.

Just as firefighters in the real world focus on extinguishing fires and not pursuing or prosecuting arsonists, CIRT.GY functions as digital firefighters. They are NOT law enforcement, nor an intelligence gathering agency.

Role of the Team

While the primary role of CIRT.GY is to provide computer incident management, it also serves in the following roles:

  • National point of contact on cybersecurity issues for international agencies and the Government of Guyana

  • Development of incident management capabilities within the nation

  • Provision of Incident Management technical expertise

  • Promotion of cybersecurity issues and awareness nationally

  • Support domestic, regional and international collaboration with other agencies on issues related to cybersecurity

Work of the Team

The team provides reactive, proactive and quality assurance services.

   1. Information Dissemination

         Information dissemination relies on CIRT.GY being a trusted source of cybersecurity practices and trends. The unit reviews trusted information and presents the relevant details to the public.

 

   2. Incident Management

           Incident management is a reactive service that focuses on providing tangible assistance in responding to cybersecurity incidents. The unit therefore performs incident handling functions whenever possible. These functions include Incident Analysis, Response Support and Coordination.

         Report Incident

 

   3.Coordination

         Collaboration with international organisations is an essential part of the work of CIRT.GY. This includes the formation of partnerships to assist in strengthening cybersecurity globally and involves participation in the OAS/CICTE network of CIRTs.

 

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