Cameroon strengthens police capacity to combat cybercrime
Police officers and prosecutors are receiving training on how to combat cybercrimes from Cameroon's IT agency, ANTIC.
According to ANTIC, scamming, phishing, and identity theft have become dangerous in Cameroon, necessitating the development of law enforcement's capacity.
In an effort to efficiently investigate, track down, and prosecute cybercriminals, the agency says, government officials must have the knowledge and expertise to gather and analyse digital evidence.
The three-day training started yesterday with an examination of Cameroon's ICT ecosystem in the coastal city of Limbe.
The South West Regional Head of ANTIC, Besong Egbe Divine, stated that "the digital experience is not trouble-free, as dishonest people do exploit security flaws inherent in information systems for malicious purposes."
Devine continued: "Thanks to the partnership between ANTIC and Facebook, 4,000 incidents of identity theft involving cybercriminals assuming the identities of prominent state dignitaries and state institutions have been shut down.
“Therefore, this seminar is very timely and aims to increase participants' knowledge of the following topics: legal responses to cybercrime; digital evidence gathering; sanctions against cybercrime; digital public order; security watch and incident handling; the difficulty of user identification; and domain name litigation.”