Virtual threats have real victims: IOM helps the National Police of Ukraine to counter cybercrime

Over 350 cyberpolice staff had a chance to improve their knowledge with a course “Modern Mechanisms to Counter Cybercrime”, developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in cooperation with the Cyberpolice Department of the National Police of Ukraine and funding from the Government of Norway.

The new course aims to facilitate the implementation of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and respective Ukrainian legislation in order to protect the society from cybercrime. A special focus of the course is countering cybercrimes related to trafficking in human beings and migrants smuggling.

The course combines theory and practical tasks, developed around the three main blocks:

  • operation of computer systems and networks, as well as mobile networks, where info crimes occur;
  • types and mechanisms of cyberattacks, social engineering and network traffic analyses tools;
  • investigation of attacks on wired and wireless networks, documentation of digital incriminating evidence.

The training lasted for six weeks, from 18 May until 30 June 2020. Cyberpolice staff learned online while continuing to perform their duties. They also had an opportunity to communicate with experienced professionals supervising the course.

“I've been in IT since I was 15, but I still found a lot of useful things for myself. In this sphere, if you do not develop, you are nowhere. Such trainings reorganize existing knowledge and provide new information, while free schedule allows you to combine training with work. Many thanks to the organizers for this boost,” said one of the training participants and added that his colleagues are already interested in the next course.

The IOM Mission in Ukraine is grateful to the Cyberpolice Department of the National Police of Ukraine and to the specialists who contributed to the course.

“Traffickers constantly adjust their felon practices, and we have to constantly develop our knowledge and skills to counter them,” said Anh Nguyen, Chief of Mission at IOM Ukraine. “The training on countering cybercrime continues the long-standing cooperation between the International Organization for Migration and the National Police aimed to counter trafficking in human beings. With dedicated trainings and publications, facilitating international cooperation, and equipment allowing to protect victims and witnesses during court hearings, IOM has been supporting capacity of law enforcement agencies to counter human trafficking in Ukraine and worldwide,” he added.