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 a January 2013 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 Home Affairs until September 30, 2016. CIRT.GY is now under the purview of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) within the Office of the Prime Minister. 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.

Roles of the Team

The primary role of CIRT.GY is to respond to cyber-related incidents.  It also serves in the provision of technical expertise in the remediation of cyber incidents. Additionally, in collaboration with the wider cybersecurity function of the NDMA, CIRT.GY assists in the development of incident management capabilities and in the promotion of cyber awareness training initiatives.

Work of the Team
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  1. Information Dissemination
    CIRT.GY collaborates with a network of regional and global computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) to receive pertinent cybersecurity information which are reviewed and disseminated to the public in the form of:

  2. Incident Management
    Incident management is a reactive service that focuses on providing tangible assistance in response to cybersecurity incidents. It involves incident response, incident analysis, response support and coordination.  In some cases, incident remediation services are provided.
  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.