Digital security pulled into focus through transcontinental agreement

The Organization of American States (OAS) has formed a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), in a far-reaching initiative aimed at bolstering digital security across the Americas.

Under the terms of the agreement, AWS – the cloud computing division of online retail giant, – will work with OAS to help the organization’s member states strengthen their cyber response capacity and to improve their regulatory frameworks on issues related to digital security.

During the signing ceremony at the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC today, Secretary General Luis Almagro said that the agreement would allow the two organizations to work on crucial topics, such as securing the cloud and how to protect public data.

“We have every confidence that our joint findings will serve as important tools to help OAS member states strengthen their respective national cyber security frameworks and, as a result, contribute to greater cyber security and resilience throughout our Hemisphere,” said Almagro.

Jeffrey Kratz, general manager for AWS in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, said: “Never before has a region needed so much assistance in the pursuit of technology on behalf of their citizens to not only protect but to foster innovation.”

The initiative will be implemented through the Cyber Security Program of the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism.