Ambassador Taglialatela spoke to graduates of a week-long course on Identification and Seizure of Digital Evidence on July 5 at the Regional Police Training Center. The course, which was sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, pulled in police officers from across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
“In this day and age, it is imperative that all nations understand the serious threats posed by the many forms of cyber-crime, be they ATM scams, website defacement, denial of service attacks, cyber bullying and hate crimes, money laundering, theft, and on-line scams of every conceivable variety,” said Ambassador Taglialatela. “In 2016, we must come to grips with the fact that cyber-crime will continue to increase exponentially, just as our own daily cyber activities exponentially increase. If we are not prepared to competently combat cyber-crime, we will be taken advantage of by criminals seeking cyber soft targets.”
At the event, Ambassador Taglialatela re-emphasized the commitment of the United States Government in support of law enforcement in the region, and re-affirmed the need for ongoing collaboration between local and regional law enforcement agencies to counteract cyber-crimes.
In the photo, seated is Rodney Archer, Deputy Commandant of the Regional Police Training Center (center), Ambassador Taglialatela, and Bill Wommack, Regional Security Officer at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown.