RCIPS opens regional cyber-crime centre

| 18/12/2019 | 6 Comments
Cayman News Service
New Digital Forensics Hub at the RCIPS HQ in George Town, Grand Cayman

(CNS): A new Digital Forensics Hub, co-funded by the UK’s National Crime Agency, has opened in the Cayman Islands to help in the fight against cyber-crime and online sexual abuse across the region. Launched on Wednesday, this RCIPS state-of-the-art hub will be used to combat child sexual exploitation and other forms of criminality perpetrated online and across borders across all of the Caribbean overseas territories.

The facility has been designed from the ground up to provide a secure environment for processing digital devices to prevent contamination, tampering or data loss. It will also process large amounts of data in a short time and, most importantly, allow a multinational cooperative approach to tackling cyber-crime.

“It is critical that we continue to strengthen our professional ties with detailed information sharing,” said Police Commissioner Derek Byrne.

“Our collaboration with the NCA has resulted in the accumulation of modern systems to enhance our capability to tackle this growing trend of online child sexual exploitation and cyber-crime. The Digital Forensic Hub will allow us to work closely with our international partners to combat online child sexual exploitation, inclusive of exchange of intelligence, sharing of best practices and lessons learnt.”

The digital crime fighting facility was opened by Governor Martyn Roper at the police HQ in George Town. It follows a comprehensive ten-day Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation conference and seminar attended by law enforcement officers from across the regional territories.

The seminar featured trainers from the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance and focused on the internet as an investigation tool, online research and analysis, investigating child abuse material, as well as the recovery of digital evidence.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How does this stuff just leap into existence without a word of notice? I guess I don’t really care but it would have been nice to see or hear about the equipment instead of a picture of the unmanned desk (no surprise) and closed doors.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How big is the entire Cayman Islands-based cloud computing/dedicated server hosting industry? Could it be four companies with as much as a single exabyte of storage? How much of that involves kiddie porn? Any? It sounds like FCO/GCHQ is setting up a satellite shop to sniff everyone’s submarine cable data, under the formidable and obliging pretext of “child sexploitation” screening.

    Ironically, today’s real trans-global criminal tools, like “Digital Asset” cryptocurrencies, and the Cayman Islands-based crypto exchanges that allow laundering between a couple dozen, doesn’t seem to be on the radar screen for CIMA, RCIPS or our Financial Services Minister.

    Sticking once again to the “wait for the international headline” approach to fungible asset supervision in a year where this approach has already been called-out by the CFATF, while staffing an enforcement office for a problem few of us could imagine existed here.

  3. anon says:

    We need more resources devoted to offline child sexual abuse i.e. what’s happening here in Cayman.

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