The Cyber Safety Pasifika (CSP) program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police, representing an opportunity to be truly proactive in preventing cyber-crime by sharing knowledge gained in Australia and globally with our colleagues throughout the Pacific.
CSP Mission Statement:
- The mission of CSP is to: Ensure that the people of the Pacific will be safe and secure by providing the knowledge to navigate the digital landscape safely and responsibly, establishing strong legislation and policies, and enhancing Pacific Police investigation skills.
CSP was established in 2011, with a PICP Executive Leadership Team (ELT) representative, currently AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin.
At the PICP Conference it was agreed that CSP will conduct a program review. The review resulted in a number of recommendations which were accepted at the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meeting in March 2016. An Implementation Plan was developed by the AFP Pacific Police Development Program – Regional (PPDP-R) and this plan was endorsed by the Chiefs at the September 2016 PICP meeting in French Polynesia.
The CSP Program has now expanding beyond its education / awareness focus to also encompass training and capacity development in basic cyber and technology enabled crime investigation skills.
CSP now has three Pillars of Activity:
- Awareness & Prevention Pillar:
In consolidating CSP activities, the Awareness materials being the website, fact sheets, presentation etc. have been updated to reflect changes in technology, trends and issues and to ensure it is a relevant resource for young people, parents/carers and teachers and trainers within the Pacific.
Activities associated with the layout and design of the new CSP website are now complete and the website went live on the 27 July 2017. The new website has a responsive design that will work on a range of phone, tablet and desktop devices. The target audience includes parents, teachers, law enforcement/trainers, and youth as a secondary audience. The website includes information such as: using technology, staying safe, protecting personal information as well as CSP training resources and a trainer portal.
On 4 May 2017 the first Trainer Program on the delivery of the Cyber Safety Awareness Presentation was completed resulting in Pacific police officers ready to train their colleagues on the presentation and deliver the revised Cyber Safety Pasifika program to schools and community groups across the Pacific.
- Legislation and Policy Pillar:
In 2016, the Australian Attorney Generals Department (AGD)—on behalf of the Pacific Island Law Officers Network (PILON) Cybercrime Working Group—led the development of a high level desktop review of cybercrime legislation across the 17 PILON member countries The Australian Attorney General’s Department (AGD) is a member of PILON’s Cybercrime
Working Group and has been working through PILON to strengthen legislative frameworks and build technical capacity to address cybercrime in the Pacific.
- Cybercrime Investigation Skills Development Pillar:
A pilot Cybercrime Investigations Skills was trialled in 2017 with an emphasis on free/publicly available tools and techniques to assist in law enforcement related investigations. Particular emphasis was on counter-terrorism and online radicalisation. The course program also includes a diverse array of case studies pertaining to a variety of investigative areas i.e. organised crime, gangs, white collar investigations, e-mail scams, phishing, juvenile sexual exploitation, human trafficking. Ongoing suitability and sustainability of this course is currently under review.