For the last three days I have been in Johannesburg for the UNODC/CTED/IAP/ComSec Meeting of Regional Cybercrime Focal Points and Central Authorities.
This was an opportunity to present the UN/IAP Practical Guide for Requesting E-Evidence Across Borders and apply the tools in a real-time practical exercise. This participant led exercise tested the use of the model forms in the Guide for preservation and direct requests – with all teams completing their tasks and averting the emergency!
From a starting-point where most delegates didn’t understand preservation or the possibility of emergency direct requests to Service Providers in the US – the Focal Points now know when and how to take these critical actions.
In exciting developments, Neil Pennington, expert in secure messaging, identity management and blockchain technology, discussed how these platforms can be used to enhance cooperation and communications between the Focal Points.
The event was a great example of collaborative working between intergovernmental organisations, 14 Focal Points, representatives from the US and U.K. Central Authorities and Service Providers.
Next we move onto the Caribbean and then Australia!