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AQ Podcast: Why Latin America Is So Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

An expert on cybersecurity gives an overview of the problem — and offers potential solutions
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Latin America is the world’s most vulnerable region to cyberattacks, according to one study, and has suffered several dramatic hacks recently in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere. In this episode, Randy Pestana, Associate Director of Cyber Policy Program at Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, Florida International University, tells the stories of some of the region’s biggest attacks in recent years and explains why some countries are particularly vulnerable, who is responsible for the attacks and what governments, companies and individuals can and should do to protect themselves.

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Randy Pestana is Associate Director of Cyber Policy Program at Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, Florida International University

Brian Winter is AQ’s editor-in-chief

Supplemental reading: 

Cybersecurity: The Next Frontier of U.S.-China Competition in the Americas by Randy Pestana

The Dramatic Cyberattack That Put Latin America on Alert by Cecilia Tornaghi

Why Is Latin America So Vulnerable to Cyberattacks? We Ran the Numbers. By AQ editors

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