A five day OSCE supported training course on internet investigations and open source intelligence gathering (OSINT) for criminal justice practitioners from the five Central Asian OSCE participating States concluded on 10 December 2021.
OSCE claims that the training course was based on materials developed by the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG), it emphasized counter terrorism through case studies and practical exercises while also addressing themes like open source intelligence gathering methodology and tradecraft, social network investigations, online intelligence search and collection, and human rights compliance in cybercrime investigations, among others.
Now according to OSCE, the training was given as part of the OSCE’s ‘Capacity-building on countering cybercrime in Central Asia’ initiative, which was carried out by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department in close collaboration with OSCE field operations in the region. They say that their goal is to develop long term national cybercrime training capacities for police personnel and prosecutors of which both the Unites States and Republic Of Korea are financial supporters.
Two train the trainers courses and topical training courses on managing digital evidence by first responders, as well as investigating crimes enabled by the usage of Dark Web and virtual currencies, was delivered this year by the initiative. With funding from the OSCE, they will plan and deliver the first round of pilot training activities at the national level next year.
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