Cybersecurity, without being a priority for Congress

Of the 13 legal reform initiatives on cybersecurity that have been formally presented in the Chambers of Senators and Deputies by legislators from Morena, PAN, PVEM and PRD in the last four years, all are pending completion.

The investigation “Cybersecurity, a challenge for Mexico and legislative work”, of the Belisario Domínguez Institute of the Senate of the Republic, specifies that of all the proposals in this regard, only one has already been approved by the Chamber of origin, but it is still under analysis in the reviewing Chamber. .

This is the initiative of Senator Alejandra Lagunes Soto Ruíz (PVEM) to declare the month of October of each year as “The National Cybersecurity Month”, whose decree was approved by the Upper House on October 23, 2018 and sent to the Chamber of Deputies, where the minutes are pending.

The document prepared by Juan Pablo Aguirre Quezada details that computer security or cybersecurity is one of the characteristics of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to provide protection to the information and personal data of Internet users.

According to figures from the National Commission for the Protection and Defense of Financial Services Users (Condusef), last year it received 2,745,738 complaints of cyber fraud, of which 2,534,130 were for internet commerce operations; 119,179, for mobile banking; 89,324, by Internet of natural persons; 3,076, for Internet of moral persons, and 29 for cell phone payments.

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Among the 11 initiatives presented in the LXIV Legislature of the Congress of the Union (2018-2021) stands out that of Senator Miguel Ángel Mancera (PRD) to reform the Federal Criminal Code, the General Law of the National Public Security System, the National Security Law and issue the General Cybersecurity Law, to establish the bases for integration and coordinated action of the institutions and authorities in charge of preserving cybersecurity in State institutions and society.

Senator Lucía Trasviña Waldenrath (Morena) proposed on April 6, 2020 that a new General Cybersecurity Law is required and regulate the organization of the National Cybersecurity Commission and the National Cybersecurity Agency.

Already in the LXV Legislature, the morenista deputy Lidia García proposed to create the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in cybersecurity, dependent on the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

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