Quo Vadis? Mexico’s National Cybersecurity Strategy
In order to reach a destination, you have to know where you are going. Having a roadmap traces a path towards reaching a goal and that is the purpose of a national Cybersecurity strategy. Mexican society has become ever more reliant on information and communications technology (ICTs) and on-line government services. The financial sector and the national economy as a whole is increasingly dependent on digital platforms. Being interconnected, however, brings risks and having a national security strategy is fundamental to protecting the country’s well-being. Mexico’s National Cybersecurity Strategy sets forth a guide towards 2030 and aims to prepare the country for future activities in an increasingly complex digital world.
The Strategy aims to place Mexico as a resilient nation in Cyberspace. It is broad reaching and general to stand as a guide to new activity over time. There is a long stretch from strategy to public policy, however, and much has yet to be spelled-out. Launching the Strategy as the current Enrique Peña Nieto Administration is gearing up for a July 2018 national election is a challenge as the incoming government will have to decide what the next steps will be to put the Strategy into effect. Finally, collaborating with other partners, including the United States, can be mutually beneficial as Mexico can learn from best practices and leapfrog towards a more secure future. The National Cybersecurity Strategy marks a path towards a stronger, more secure Mexico as a nation and as an active partner in the region and the world.
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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute. Read more