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Mexico Puts the Spotlight on Cybersecurity Law: The Week in Tech

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Tomás Lujambio By Tomás Lujambio | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Thu, 06/15/2023 - 10:00

In Mexico, cybersecurity has become a pressing concern as the government grapples with cyber threats and breaches. Thus, the Mexican Senate is currently discussing a cybersecurity law, prompted by a significant breach that affected over 100 Mexican deputies. Moreover, the country is also exploring the digitalization of its electoral process, considering the potential benefits and addressing concerns about security and accuracy. Finally, in the oil and gas industry, collaborations with cybersecurity providers are becoming crucial in order to safeguard infrastructure and protecting the country's economy.

On a broader scale, organizations are shifting their focus to skills intelligence enabled by AI, empowering individuals and streamlining work organization. Furthermore, there is a growing recognition of the need to invest in technology education to empower women and bridge the gender gap in Latin America. Finally, the World Economic Forum (WEF) proposed the creation of a Cybercrime Atlas to combat cybercrime, while CEOs are reevaluating the relevance of IT professionals when facing complex commercial decisions.

 

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Mexican Senate Discusses Cybersecurity Law

In 2021, Mexico faced a significant cybersecurity breach that affected over 100 Mexican deputies through their digital messaging service. Since then, the Mexican government has been under constant pressure from the Treasury Department to acknowledge cybersecurity threats as a national security issue. However, the absence of a comprehensive policy in Mexico remains a concern for institutions, government entities, and businesses alike. Such legislation is becoming increasingly urgent as Latin America experiences a staggering 1,600 cyberattacks per second, with Mexico being the primary target.

 

Challenges of Digitalizing Mexico’s Electoral Process

Nowadays, it is crucial to analyze the benefits that could entail transitioning from paper-based voting systems to computer-based ones, especially considering Mexico's history with fraudulent elections. However, on Feb. 22, 2023, Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) organized a Technology Exhibition that explored the potential for modernizing Mexico's electoral process, addressing concerns about the security and accuracy of digitalizing it.

 

Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in the Oil and Gas Industry

While software vulnerabilities typically result in data breaches and compromised information, in the context of the oil and gas industry such incidents can directly impact Mexico's infrastructure, ecosystem, and overall financial stability. To address this issue, Axis Communications allied with Mexico's oil and gas industry to safeguard one of the country’s largest and most vital sectors, recognizing the severe ramifications that a cyberattack could inflict on the country's economy.

 

Executive Perspective

 

AI and HR Shift to Organizing Work Rather Than Managing Jobs

The evolving trend in HR focuses on organizing work based on employees' skills and capabilities rather than managing jobs. Skills intelligence, enabled by AI, streamlines the process of matching individuals with ideal jobs and reveals hidden opportunities, enhancing talent utilization and productivity. By prioritizing skills, organizations can successfully navigate the future of work and foster a smart, innovative workforce.

 

Harnessing Technology to Empower Women in Latin America

By addressing systemic barriers and investing in technology and technology education, Latin America can empower women, bridge the gender gap and create a more equitable and empowering environment for all.

 

The Role of Innovation in Natural Hazard Prevention

The increasing occurrence and impact of natural disasters makes innovation even more critical in mitigating their effects. By redefining the perception of disasters and emphasizing the distinction between hazards and disasters, communities can embrace tools and technology to reduce the impact of natural events.

 

Cybersecurity

 

WEF to Support Fight Against Cybercrime Through an Atlas

The increased reliance on technology has led to a surge in cyberattacks, highlighting the pressing need for robust cybersecurity measures. In Mexico’s, cybercrime has become increasingly prevalent and the country now leads in cyberattacks in Latin America, as reported by MBN. To address this challenge, WEF proposed the creation of a Cybercrime Atlas to map global cybercrime activity and collect valuable breach data.

 

CEOs Reevaluate IT Relevance When Facing Commercial Decisions

The increasing need for digital innovation in business has prompted businesspeople worldwide to recognize the importance of better communication with their IT employees. However, many CEOs still struggle to acknowledge the valuable insights that IT professionals can offer when it comes to key commercial decisions.

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