CARICOM Steps Up Fight Against Cybercriminals with Regional Collaboration
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is upping its fight against cybercriminals across the region through collaboration with member states. Today, the Ministry of Home Affairs in partnership with CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) held a meeting for its “Cyber-in-country Sensitization and Training 2023”. The European Union-funded project focused on capacity building concerning cybercrime prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution. The training will aid law enforcement agencies, the banking sector, and the judicial sector in tackling financial crime, cybercrime, and asset recovery. Nadine Bushell, Program Coordinator at CARICOM IMPACS, explained how the training will benefit local authorities.
Nadine Bushell, Program Coordinator, CARICOM IMPACS: “There was a heavy focus on digital forensics, the process for investigation, chain of custody, those types of issues. For the judicial officers it was important for them to understand how the investigative processes take place to allow them to be able to prosecute the cyber crimes and so that we could get convictions after the prosecution process. What we did about two years ago we had hired a consultant who provided a thorough review of the legislation in each of the member states including Belize and based on that review an assessment was done and a guidance document to support member states, this guidance document was a legislative guidance document so it’s a policy document to help individual member states now at the national level to actually update their policies and legislation. It’s a process, it’s in a number of stages but we have done some work to support the member states.”
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Kevin Arthurs, says the recent cyber-attack on Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) brings into focus the urgent need to strengthen the fight against cyber criminals.