Alicia Brewster, sergeant in the Royal Barbados Police Force, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Promoting Cyber-Security” from June 4 to June 22.
Alicia, an experienced officer, has been employed by the Government of Barbados as a police officer since 1997.
During the program, participants will learn about the nuances of cyber security within the context of U.S. economic and national security. Speakers and instructors will highlight how laws and policies on cyber security are crafted and why they require constant updates to keep up with technological advances. The project will support the Department’s strategic goal of supporting democracy and economic growth.
This three-week project will explore initiatives aimed at increasing cyber security coordination between governmental agencies, the private sector, and academia. It will examine the roles and best practices of each sector in preventing and recovering from cyber-attacks, educating the public, and ensuring that civil liberties are not jeopardized.
Alicia will join her counterparts from 25 other countries, including Bahrain, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Mexico. Participants will examine topics ranging from economic and national security impacts of malevolent cyber activity to strategies for countering cyber threats. The project will also examine the balance between data protection and constitutional liberties and include site visits to observe digital forensics labs.
The program began on June 4 in Washington, D.C., and includes travel to at least four cities across the United States including Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and San Diego, California. The program ends in San Diego, California on June 23.