Mexican President Forms ICT, Security Commission
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Mexican President Forms ICT, Security Commission

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Cinthya Alaniz Salazar By Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Thu, 01/12/2023 - 12:56

Published in the Official Federacion Journal (DOF), President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decreed the formation of an Inter-Ministerial Commission of Information Communication Technologies and Information Security (CITICSI), which aims to establish a mechanism for coordination and management in the implementation of federal policies related to ICT and information security. 

The newly formed commission replaces 2005’s Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Development of Electronic Government (CIDGE) and is set to be presided over by the head of the National Digital Strategy Coordination at the direction of the presidential administration. In case of his unavailability or absence, the president will designate a public servant to replace them. The commission’s body will be composed of all dependencies and organisms of the executive branch, to which it is to report directly. 

Its primary function is to serve as a communication liaison between authorities responsible for the development and implementation of measures related to ICT and information security in federal public administration. Moreover, it is obligated to participate in the implementation of inter-institutional strategies and actions consistent with the use of ICT and information security. It is also charged with promoting and working with public, private, academic and social sectors for the development of studies and activities related to ICT and information technology. 

Within its purview, the commission will also have the capacity to create the subcommittees and working groups that it deems necessary to fulfill its functions. Where appropriate, the commission will issue manuals and guidelines for the organization and operation of subcommittees and working groups. It may also request those subcommittees and working groups to prepare documents, studies, projects and guidelines necessary to improve ICT and information security in the federal administration. 

The commission is responsible for periodically informing the executive branch of the work it carries out. It will meet regularly at least three times a year and is to be installed within 15 working days following the introduction of its decree. Thereafter, the commission will have up to 30 business days to issue its organization and operation guidelines. 

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