The XVI edition of the International Computerization Convention 2016, concluded successfully in Havana, with workshops, conferences, a trade fair and exchanges between experts having taken place, allowing Cuba to display the manner in which the process the computerization of society is unfolding.

Attended by representatives from 29 countries and themed “Connecting Societies”, the event made way for master classes, panel discussions and a poster session, in addition to 13 other sessions held in unison at the Cuban capital’s Convention Palace.

Wilfredo González, president of the organizing committee and Deputy Minister of Communications in Cuba, said that during the meet the host nation had outlined the manner in which the process of computerization was being realized through an increasingly profound incorporation within state bodies and sectors such as health, education, culture, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic and the Central Bank.

During the sessions, the Cuban Education Ministry announced the organization of the application of Open course free software in the teaching system, a platform developed for French schools that allows for the introduction of all the national resources produced for the sector for over more than 20 years.

The Ministry of Education’s Information Technology Director, Fernando Ortega, said that the platform had a gallery of resources that facilitated the teaching of various classes, from mathematics to the natural sciences.

The director believes that this technological tool constitutes the best interactive blackboard software to date.

One of the results from Computerization 2016 was the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Cuba and the United States on the cooperation in the fields of hydrography and geodesy and related services to improve maritime security and navigation.

Ties between the National Administration Oceanic and Atmospheric Service of the U.S. Trade Department and the Hydrography and Geodesy Office of Cuba are inscribed in the accords, contracts and letters of intention signed during the Convention’s Trade Fair that brought together 300 exhibitors from a dozen nations in the Pabexbo arena, close to the Convention Palace.

More than 7,000 visitors attended the Fair which hosted a business forum and company meetings.

Experts consider this to be an ideal scene for the promotion of initiatives that contribute towards the development of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Convention, that ran from March 14-18, closed with a lecture by Sergey Novikov, a member of the Kaspersky Lab research and globalanalysis team, entitled “Threat Outlook. We are all Under Attack”.

According to the director, the rapid development of services and mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets and virtual environments complicates the establishment of computer security.

Novikov expressed the need to educate society in terms of cyber wars and cyber espionage, stressing that increasingly easier access to networks facilitates faster and more unpredictable cyber attacks. In order to do this he said that it is important to update security policies and implement new technologies.

The next International Computerization Convention will take place from March 19-23, 2018.

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