Fighting cyber crime in the Caribbean with help from the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Organization published an article on February 4, 2020, about their efforts to fight cybercrime in the Caribbean through a 4-day workshop hosted to train police and legal experts. Here’s a quick summary just for you.

The Commonwealth held a four-day training session in Barbados, to educate Caribbean police and legal experts on how to use digital evidence in cybercrime cases.  The participants included teachers from Caribbean law schools, police, prosecutors, and lawyers.

Key points:

  • The threat landscape in the Caribbean region has evolved to incorporate new techniques and to cover a wider range of targets. Every year more and more businesses and customers rely on technology for almost every operation, from CRM systems to individual products on the web.
  • Matthew Moorhead, acting head of the Commonwealth Office for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform (OCCJR), said he was pleased to lead the important programme.
  • He acknowledged that cybercrime is a growing threat in the digital age, causing financial damage to billions of dollars and many other serious consequences.
  • Michael Jamieson, one of the Commonwealth training consultants, said that training is a way of building and improving capability and it will allow participants to train their peers in their respective countries, leaving a real impression and preparing them for the challenges facing the world today.
  • The workshop was a partnership between the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), sponsored by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the implementation of the Caribbean Regional Cyber Security / Crime Action Plan.



Contributed by: Sabrina Shim from Jamaica. Sabrina is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting  Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.

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