AGC, RBPF link arms to fight cybercrime

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) has linked arms with the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) to strengthen the sultanate’s efforts and laws in fighting cybercrime threats.

As part of forging closer cooperation, the AGC yesterday held a briefing attended by 61 police officers at RBPF’s headquarters in Jalan Tungku attended where they conducted an introductory briefing on cybercrime.

The briefing was conducted by AGC’s Cybercrime Focus Group, formed in August 3, 2015, to forge closer cooperation with authorities. The group is consisted of seven prosecutors under the AGC’s Criminal Justice Division who are trained locally and abroad on cybercrime and cybersecurity. The briefing marked the Cybercrime Focus Group’s efforts to strengthen domestic cooperation with other partner stakeholders in addressing cybercrime-related issues.

Deputy Senior Counsel Christopher Ng said in an interview with The Brunei Times that the focus group was also a point of contact for police for cybercrimes that involve other countries.

“As we all know, cybercrime is a matter that involves more than one country, and they (police) may require international cooperation, that is where we come in to help them facilitate any court orders or any information and evidence gathering they need,” he said.

He expressed hopes that the AGC and police will have more interactions to better facilitate cybercrime cases, especially after the seminar.

“Today we have told them about evidential gathering techniques, we hope that they will incorporate it into their best practices,” he added.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Karen Tan said in her opening remarks that the focus group’s function was to work in consultation with concerned agencies to ensure the country has the appropriate laws to tackle various forms of cybercrime.

She added that it was also the focal point for enquiries regarding cybercrime from the law enforcement agencies, which is in line with AGC’s Open Door Policy.

The focus group’s aim is to forge closer cooperation with other authorities to ensure Brunei is protected from the threats emanating from cybercrime, including legal framework, investigative procedure and preventative measures, according to the joint statement released by AGC and RBPF.

During the seminar, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharon Yeo gave a keynote presentation where she talked about handling digital evidence in cybercrime cases.

In her presentation, she shared the best practices in evidence collection which she learnt from her participation in the Cybercrime Training Programme, conducted by the Singapore Police Force, United States of America Department of Justice and INTERPOL.

She emphasised the importance of using formal and informal channels of communication to obtain evidence through international cooperation.

Yeo said in an interview that the presentation was meant to teach them on the investigation techniques and ensuring cybercrime evidences could be presented well in court.

Senior Inspector Pg Hj Yusra Pg Hj Mohammad, the Senior Liaison Officer at RBPF, said the talk was a guidance and recommendation for RBPF to be more efficient in their initial investigation, especially with cybercrime. “With the invention of social media platforms becoming more popular, not just for the young generation, but throughout the whole generation, the opportunities of cybercrime offenses to occur is there,” he said.

The Brunei Times