GIS – 07 July, 2017: “A National Cybercrime Strategy will soon be approved by Government so as to promote a coordinated approach and to cater for challenges as the capabilities of law enforcement agencies need to be enhanced to detect, handle and prosecute cybercriminals, and for the judiciary to improve their technical understanding whenever cases are brought before Courts”.
The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, made this announcement yesterday at the launching of a two-day workshop on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Policies and Strategies at the Mauritius Research Council, in Ebène Cybercity.
The event is organised by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation (MTCI) in collaboration with the Council of Europe in the context of the GLACY+ (Global Action on Cybercrime) Project. The project aims at strengthening the capacities of States worldwide in applying legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence and enhancing their abilities for effective international cooperation while ensuring compliance with international human rights standards and the rule of law.
In his speech Minister Sawmynaden pointed out that, as societies are transformed by information and communication technologies, the security of ICT systems has become a policy priority of many Governments having in mind the obligation to protect people and their rights against cybercrime and to bring offenders to justice. In this endeavour, Government wants to position Mauritius as a leading and secured ICT location in the African region.
“Indeed, this has been a daunting task but today we are proud that Mauritius ranks first in Africa on the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index and positions itself 6th globally”, he said.
In the face of rising threats in the cyberspace, the Minister underlined the need for cohesive and comprehensive policies geared towards ensuring an effective cyber defence. This effectiveness lies in the proactive nature of security countermeasures and ensuring resilience and continuity of operations, the Minister added.
For his part, the GLACY+ Project Manager, Council of Europe, Mr Manuel de Almeida Pereira, gave an overview of the GLACY+ project. Mauritius, he pointed out, has been a clear example of how expertise has been used for the project in the region as well as in attracting other countries to join the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, the GLACY+ project and, also in extensively disseminating existing knowledge in matters related to cybercrime.
The existing documents on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity strategies elaborated by Government, in collaboration with different and wide-ranging entities, are being examined during the workshop. The aim is to brainstorm, share ideas and prepare a consolidated document which will be submitted to Government in the next few days.
GLACY and GLACY+
Mauritius is party to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and participates in the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on GLACY.
GLACY+ builds upon the GLACY project (2013–2016) which supported seven priority countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region in the strengthening of their criminal justice capacities on cybercrime and electronic evidence. GLACY+ aims to extend this experience by enabling GLACY priority countries to serve as hubs and share their knowledge with other countries of their respective regions.
GLACY+ relies on the lessons learnt, materials developed and best practices identified from the experience of GLACY priority countries, such as Mauritius, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tonga.