It is within this premise that Cameroon's cyber security Agency - ANTIC, organised a three-day seminar for magistrates and law enforcement officers of the country's West Region in Bafoussam to strengthen their capacities on how to investigate cybercrime and secure electronic evidence.
The close to 100 participants at the seminar are being drilled on cybercrime, the legal framework regulating cybercrime in Cameroon, digital public order, security intelligence, the art of collecting electronic evidence, electronic signature and the challenge of identifying users.
Presiding at the seminar's opening July 04, 2018, the President of the West Regional Court of Appeal, Francois Xavier Mbono, representing the Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, saluted the initiative and underlined that it is indispensible because it enhances the aptitude of the judiciary in the handling of cybercrime which is now menacing social and public life in Cameroon.
Meanwhile in his keynote address to the participants, ANTIC's Director General, Dr. Ebot Ebot Enaw, pledged the Agency's technical expertise in the fight against cybercrime at the service of the judiciary noting that the existing cooperation between the Agency and the judiciary has resulted in the successful investigation of several cybercriminal cases.
According to the International Telecommunications Union 2017 Report with regard to efforts taken by governments in the fight against cybercrime, Cameroon in ranked 75th in the world and 9th in Africa.
Though this rankings puts the security of Cameroon's cyberspace at an acceptable level, Dr Ebot Ebot Enaw holds that agents in the cyber security chain in the country especially magistrates and judicial police officers must continually be on the guard through trainings given that the art of cybercrime is ever-changing.
The seminar in Bafoussam is in its third edition and is part of a nationwide campaign ANTIC initiated in 2016. So far, the Centre and West Regions have already been covered.