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20 April 2017

INTERPOL training in Americas enhances capacity to counter cyber threats

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – INTERPOL has delivered a series of training events and meetings to develop and enhance regional capacity across the Americas to combat cybercrime.

Cybercrime issues addressed in the month-long (6 - 31 March) course included domain investigation and disruption, advanced mobile forensics, ransomware, crimes against children, malware analysis and ATM malware.

The training in Panama City brought together 46 cybercrime investigators and digital forensics experts from 19 countries who took part in dedicated streams focusing on their specialist areas, followed by joint sessions enabling participants to share their experience and expertise.

The highly interactive course was delivered through case studies and practical exercises, culminating in a one-day scenario-based activity with participants working in teams to solve real-life cases, using cutting edge cyber investigative techniques.

Officers from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago took part in the training.

The course included input from academia, public and private sector experts, including from TrendMicro, ICANN, University College Dublin, Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Spanish National Police, MSAB and Aiuken Solutions.

The session marked the end of the training phase of the Cybercrime Capacity Building Project in Latin America and the Caribbean, funded by the Government of Canada which has seen a number of needs assessment and specialised training activities rolled out across the Americas region.

Building on the successes of this activity, INTERPOL held its Americas Working Group on Cybercrime for Heads of Units to address new and emerging cyber threats.

The three-day (5 – 7 April) meeting in Barbados brought together heads of national cybercrime units and judicial representatives to identify ways of more effectively combating cyber threats such as Business Email Compromise, ransomware and spear phishing, especially in identifying the perpetrators.

Marie Legault, High Commissioner of Canada in Barbados underlined her country’s firm commitment to enhancing regional law enforcement capacity, given the magnitude of the threat posed by cyber criminals.

“It is a multi-billion dollar industry that targets individuals, financial institutions, intellectual property holders, governments and critical infrastructure.  The internet has no border and neither does cybercrime,” said High Commissioner Legault.

Adriel Braithwaite, Attorney General of Barbados said the Barbadian authorities were pleased to host the meeting to assist countries identify ways to better tackle the escalating threat posed by cybercrime.

"Through regional cooperation INTERPOL provides expertise and training to its member countries to help them build and strengthen their own cybercrime units. Regional Working Groups, such as this one, are a key part of our strategy to promote cooperation and to create a platform for countries to share their own experiences,” said Silvino Schlickmann, INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime. 

The working group meeting brought together 67 delegates from 29 countries in addition to international organizations and private sector partners, including TrendMicro, ICANN, the Council of Europe, the Organisation of American States, Mercado Libre, Microsoft and Scitum.