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CyberWeek @LAC4 2023: Snapshot of Highlights

CyberWeek @LAC4 2023 concluded on 16 November 2023 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on a high note! The event took place between 13 to 16 November 2023 gathering 85 participants from 34 countries, engaging them in 29 sessions with the help of 28 speakers and 5 sponsors!

CyberWeek @LAC4 2023 concluded on 16 November 2023 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on a high note!

The event took place between 13 to 16 November 2023 gathering 85 participants from 34 countries, engaging them in 29 sessions with the help of 28 speakers and 5 sponsors!

With 2 packed agendas here and here, this year’s event focused on CSIRT Technical and Operational Development for the Latin America and the Caribbean region and provided a platform for fostering collaboration, enhancing technical capabilities, and strengthening operational frameworks within the CSIRT community!

Our leading country in the region, Dominican Republic, also hosting the LAC4 Cyber Competence Centre, has demonstrated increased strength in cybersecurity in recent years, resulting in a significant reduction in cyberattacks during the first half of 2023 compared to similar periods in 2022 and 2021, according to the latest report from FortiGuard Labs on the Global Threat Panorama in Latin America. One more reason to conduct the event in this beautiful country!

During the event:

  • Carlos leonardo & Jiří Valtr shed some light on their challenges on setting up a CSIRT & SOC – the pitfalls and great success moments;
  • Alexandru Ciobanu taught the participants to take advantage of Yet Another Ridicculous Acronym (YARA) rules to hunt for malware;
  • Baiba Kaskina shared the challenges of a national Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure program and introduced the international initiatives;
  • Our farthest guest Declan Ingram Introduced the pitfalls of running someone else’s incidents and shared his warstories from the land down under;
  • Sille Arikas offered invaluable advide on how to provide CSIRT services on a tight or non-existing budget and the importance of asking What? Why? and What do I do? when communicating incidents;
  • Tim Anders & Maarja Punak shared exciting talks on how Estonia has set up their online constables and how Chipmixer cryptocurrency laundering service was seized;
  • Saira Isaac provided best practices of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT);
  • Alejandro Sabolansky shared an interesting case study of CSIRTAmericas – Network based on services;
  • Don Stikvoort guided the participants through the SIM3 model to build and strengthen IR;
  • Andres Elliku & Rasmus Männa delivered hands-on workshop on cyber threat intelligence;

This year’s CyberWeek event was possible with the contribution of the following sponsors: Embajada de la Republica Federal de Alemania Santo Domingo, Fortinet, CNCS – Centro National de Cibersecuridad, FIIAPP, Cyber4Dev.



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