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Carlos Leonardo


Carlos Leonardo has been dedicated over the last 10+ years to improving the state of the cyber ecosystem in the Dominican Republic.

Since 2009, Carlos has been part of the cybercrime unit of the National Police of the Dominican Republic as digital forensic analysis, cybercrime investigator and responsible for the 24/7 Network against cybercrime.

In the legislative and regulatory framework of cybersecurity and cybercrimes, he was part of the technical committees for the creation of the National Cybersecurity Strategy and the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Center and it’s National CSIRT. Also the draft bill to amend the cybercrime law and draft the cybersecurity and the personal data protection bills.

He led the team that created from scratch the Dominican Republic’s National CSIRT, establishing the procedural and operational bases for the development and improvement of the cybersecurity posture of the Dominican Republic.

He has been instrumental in helping the Dominican Republic create sectorial teams to exchange information and indicators on incidents between the government and public and private critical infrastructure organizations.

Carlos has supported many other governments and regional organizations around the world in establishing national incident response capabilities and creating channels for regional cooperation and sharing of best practices. Carlos' involvement in the incident response community over the years has included presentations at various forums and participation in committees and working groups of international organizations such as FIRST, OAS CICTE, GFCE, Interpol and EUCybernet. Through his regional leadership, he has been a key player in building capacity and supporting the region's CSIRTs to motivate and assist them in meeting the controls required to enter the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) thus expanding the participating teams and countries in the region.

In the field of cyberdiplomacy, has actively participated in United Nations working groups, such as the Open-Ended Working Group for the adoption and implementation of standards for the responsible use of ICT (OEWG) and Confidence Building Measures (CBM's) in Cyberspace, as well as in the Ad-Hoc Committee to draft a new convention against the use of ICT’s for criminal purposes.