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Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), General Laura Richardson met with President Rodrigo Chaves at Casa Presidencial on Monday, August 21.

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U.S. donates $9.8 million Cybersecurity Center to Costa Rica

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Published on Tuesday, August  22, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), General Laura Richardson, announced a donation of $9.8 million to Costa Rica's government.

Richardson met with President Rodrigo Chaves and Minister of Public Security Mario Zamora on Monday for bilateral talks.

Authorities stated that the donation funds, from the Foreign Military Financing program (FMF), will be used to enhance the country's cyber defense capabilities.

The proposed strategy entails the development of a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to cyber security, encompassing the installation of cutting-edge equipment and the provision of comprehensive training programs for expert personnel. 

"Stopping cyberattacks is vital to national security," said General Richardson. "Malicious foreign actors often target critical infrastructure, industries and services, which threatens our democratic way of life."

During the new center construction, U.S. will maintain its collaboration with the Costa Rican government on cyber defense, including network security training, professional education, conferences and other security measures.

The center is expected to be inaugurated in 2026.

This is one of the many initiatives implemented by the United States to assist Costa Rica in the fight against organized crime. Richardson has recently donated security equipment worth over $13 million to Costa Rica.

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