Abuja – The United States Mission Nigeria hosted workshops on the functions of the G7 24-7 High Tech Crime Network for Sub-Saharan Africa from January 30-February 2, 2018 in Abuja.
The 33 attendees represented fourteen countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia. In opening remarks, the Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young reminded the attendees, “The global nature of cybercrime mandates a concerted international response, harmonizing domestic cybercrime laws, and improved mechanisms for prompt international cooperation.” He also stressed that, “African partners are important to our success in combatting cybercrime globally.”
The 24-7 High Tech Crime Network began operations in 1998 and consists of 80 member countries. The Network facilitates point-to-point contact for investigations involving electronic evidence that require urgent assistance from member nation law enforcement partners. The actions taken within the Network are predominantly the preservation of digital evidence until a formal legal request can be made for the transfer of the digital evidence to the requesting country. This workshop provided instruction to current members in the Sub-Saharan Africa region to improve their understanding of the Network process and to increase their knowledge and capacity to gather sufficient information before sending or receiving a request for assistance through the Network. Additionally, the workshop provided an opportunity to recruit new country members. Up to six countries are expected to join the Network as a result of the workshop.
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