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Winners of the first version of the Cybersecurity Innovation Fund

The Organization of American States (OAS), Cisco, and the Citi Foundation announced the first edition of the Cybersecurity Innovation Fund.

The fund, endowed with US $ 200,000, will finance twelve projects in Latin America whose proposals seek to solve various cybersecurity challenges for SMEs, education, capacity building, critical infrastructure, incident response mechanisms, and digital crimes.

One hundred seventeen projects were nominated. “The OAS, Cisco, and Citi selection committee chose the winning projects based on criteria of impact, employability, and trajectory of the founding team,” Cisco explained in the statement.

Among the twelve winning projects are two Colombians: “Hackers Wanted,” an initiative to strengthen technical and pedagogical capacities in cybersecurity at EAN University and development of a cybersecurity accompaniment methodology for entrepreneurs and “Digital Education 360” to carry out training for educators, families, and children and teens about digital safety.

Most of the winning projects are part of the member countries of the Cybersecurity Innovation Councils. According to the statement, more than half of them have a gender and diversity approach both in their leadership and in the expected impact of their application.

“The selection of projects selected for this fund represents the enormous potential that our region has and the common goal of seeking diverse solutions to complex problems. At the OAS, we are convinced that the development of these initiatives will contribute to achieving safer cyberspace for the citizens of the Americas,” said Alison August Treppel, executive secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (Cite).

The other winning projects are:

Argentina: 1. “Identification of vulnerabilities in IoT environments”, a program for the generation of capacities to detect vulnerabilities in Internet of things (IoT) scenarios.

  1. “NGEN,” a programmable and configurable infrastructure software capable of supporting the management of security incidents in the work environment of a CSIRT.
  2. “GIIS”. Organization of a working group that studies and disseminates positive information on the power and impact of social engineering in communities in Argentina.

Chile: 1. “Let’s Program Our Future”, cybersecurity training aimed at girls and adolescents from 13 years of age on basic concepts.

  1. “Swetekno.” Knowledge transfer service in internal audits ISO 27001 and analysis of Compromise (IoC) Indicators for SMEs.

Mexico: 1. “Sensitive information monitoring platform for Federal Government entities.” A tool designed for government entities to identify, classify, and manage sensitive data obtained publicly.

  1. “Safe Internet for everyone.” Research and awareness project on public policies and knowledge of threats that affect minors online.
  2. “Interactive on digital security in the indigenous language.” A portal that provides recommendations on digital security for educators, children, adolescents, and parents of indigenous communities.

Uruguay: “ModSecIntl.” Application firewall assisted by machine learning models for combating digital crime.

Brazil : “The LGPD Data Hunter”, the development of text mining software to identify confidential information stored on organization devices.