The United States and Costa Rica have affirmed collaboration on cybersecurity with the United States’ announcement of plans to provide $25 million to strengthen Costa Rica’s digital infrastructure.

Yesterday the U.S. Department of State announced plans to commit approximately $25 million in funding — subject to congressional approval — to strengthen Costa Rica’s cyber defenses against threats from malicious actors. The U.S. will work with the Ministry of Science, Innovation, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) to establish and equip a centralized Security Operations Center to monitor, prevent, detect, investigate and respond to cyber threats.  The funding would also provide immediate support for cybersecurity training operations, including hardware, software and other cybersecurity tools, as well as longer-term capacity building.   

“The United States values our longstanding and close relationship with Costa Rica as we work together to make the region more democratic, prosperous and secure,” said Cynthia Telles, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. “This extensive cooperation in cybersecurity reflects our shared commitment to a secure Costa Rica.”

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy will work with MICITT to implement these measures.  

 “Ransomware attacks against Costa Rica over the past year that have harmed not only government institutions but also the Costa Rican people themselves,” said Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies.  “President Biden cares deeply about our allies’ and partners’ security. This cybersecurity assistance package represents that commitment. The United States stands with Costa Rica and is committed to protecting and strengthening democracy by promoting secure, open, and reliable digital technology.”