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Caribbean Regional Conference on Cybercrime Strategies and Policies

Council of Europe posted a document which was the final report Regional Conference on Cybercrime Strategies and Policies and features of the Budapest Convention for the Caribbean Community. Below are some key highlights:

  • The conference took place in Santo Domingo on June 12th to 14th 2019
  • 12 – 14 June 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Jointly organised by the GLACY+ joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Union, the Ministry of Presidency of the Dominican Republic and CARICOM IMPACS
  • Invitations were extended to all CARICOM member states, neighbouring countries and overseas territories (OT’s) bordering the Caribbean region and the conference was part of CARICOM’s effort to create a regional response to combating cybercrime
  • A cybercrime strategy and a cybersecurity strategy have for purpose to fight attacks against computer systems but they do differ: whereas a cybersecurity strategy will look at what can be done from a preventive perspective, often through technical means; a cybercrime strategy will look at how to address transgressions in cybersecurity from a legal perspective including the need to enact legislation to criminalize acts that compromise cybersecurity and to ensure that adequate capabilities are in place to enforce such cybercrime legislation
  • Cybersecurity strategy can be compared to fighting burglary by installing locks on a front door and surveillance cameras, whereas a cybercrime strategy can be compared to ensuring that law enforcement has the capacity to catch the thieves if they commit a crime
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis stated that the following needs should be addressed in a cybercrime strategy: “public awareness for all to develop a cybersecurity culture, ongoing capacity building for Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, IT professionals including network specialist, software engineers and IT management, technical assistance for drafting the requisite Policies and Legislations, Legal Review of existing electronic crimes Act and Evidence Act and other related national legislations and drafting of amendments for cybercrime legislation and regulations, advise on required institutional and administration framework required.”



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