The government says its taking urgent steps to ensure the security of public sector websites.

The declaration comes in light of Monday night’s cyber attack on the website of the Jamaica Information Service, JIS.

It was hacked by cyber criminals who posted messages pledging allegiance to the Islamic terror group, ISIS.

State Minister for Technology, Julian Robinson says the government has acquired well needed equipment to thwart the activity of hackers, since a cyber security breach last year.

He says several officers have been trained and have been focusing on ensuring that systems are resilient and robust in the face of threats.

Minister Robinson says the recent appointment of a Chief Information Officer will ensure that standards are maintained across the different sections of government.

Last week an alert was issued advising officers at Management Information Systems MIS, about malware circulating on the government’s network.

According to the Minister, this resulted in early containment of the malware.

He says the implementation of the National Cybersecurity strategy is well underway with the training of key officers across government.

Meanwhile Minister Robinson says a team of investigators from the Communication and Cybercrime Forensic Unit and MOCA are assisting the JIS web team with identifying the source of attacks.

The team says it has seen a number of activities from more than 5-hundred blacklisted IP addresses used by cyber terrorists.

They span several countries and took place within an hour.