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African Working Group on Cybercrime for Heads of Units (East Africa)

27-28 February 2014, Kigali, Rwanda

The rapid expansion of information technology and Internet services has opened up new opportunities for cybercriminals. The primary goal of this Working Group was to provide law enforcement agencies with a central platform through which they could share knowledge and expertise and discuss joint strategies to fight cybercrime in the region.

Specific aims were to:

  • Share knowledge and best practices in cybercrime investigation and digital forensic procedures and tools;
  • Facilitate closer collaboration between national cybercrime units and their INTERPOL National Central Bureaus;
  • Raise awareness on the operational aspects of international cooperation and mutual assistance;
  • Provide executive level training to heads of cybercrime units, in terms of judicial issues in cyber investigations (such as evidential standards, admissibility of evidence and proving guilt).

The working group was open to the heads of cybercrime units in the 24 countries that make up INTERPOL's "Zone 5": Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Preceding the event was a four-day Cybercrime Training Workshop covering a wide range of practical skills necessary for carrying out cybercrime investigations and digital forensics. The workshop included input from Visa Inc. on the techniques used to gather the digital evidence vital for investigating online payment card fraud.