Building a Lasting Partnership in Latin America

Group photo of U.S. and Columbia personnel
COL Frank H. Smith, Jr., DISA SOUTHCOM Field Office CDR
COL Frank H. Smith, Jr., DISA SOUTHCOM Field Office CDR

A joint team of Cyber practitioners from DISA and U.S. Southern Command participated in a Staff Assistance Visit (SAV) from 24-27 May in Bogota, Colombia.  Colombia, a strategic U.S. partner, hosted the team as part of a training and security assistance initiative, a key component to the inaugural U.S. – Colombia Multinational Command and Control Interoperability Board engagement.  Language did not prove to be a barrier in providing our Colombian counterparts with hands-on training, configuration guides, available tools, and recommendations based on U.S. security guides and best practices.

Reviewing Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) with Colombian counterparts
Reviewing Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) with Colombian counterparts

DISA team members were comprised of personnel from RE51 (C&A Branch) and the SOUTHCOM Field Office.  Throughout the week, several key technology areas were analyzed with recommendations briefed to the Colombian Joint Staff leadership.  Looking ahead, this initial partnership and capacity building engagement will help Colombia assume a leadership role in the SOUTHCOM theater as it looks to establish a robust regional cyber defense program.

“Big Cudo’s for the reviewers.  So much was completed in so little time! This was a very challenging visit and each of the reviewers went above and beyond to make this visit successful even with all of the stumbling blocks to include language  barriers and all operating systems in Spanish.”


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