The Global Cyber Expertise Magazine is a bi-annual magazine on global cyber policy developments and capacity building projects. The Magazine is jointly published by the African Union, the European Union, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and the Organization of American States.
This fifth edition, published in September 2018, presents successful experiences and initiatives from the Americas, Africa and Europe on matters related to Cyber expertise. From the Americas, two initiatives have caught our attention. The first one is a shining example of public private partnership between the Organization of American States and Florida International University to support the development of national cybersecurity workforce. The experience is being emulated by all countries of the region to cultivate cyber talent. The second initiative is related to the organization of Summer Bootcamps to build capacities of States in monitoring and reacting to cyber-attacks as well as enhancing cooperation and exchange of information among Computer Security Incidents Response Teams (CSIRTs) in the region. As for Africa, the African Union Commission (AUC) recently shared an overview of the continent’s guidelines on Personal Data and Privacy Protection which was prepared in collaboration with Internet Society (ISOC). The AUC also organized two workshops aiming at providing African Experts and Diplomats with the appropriate knowledge to prepare and adopt National Cybersecurity Strategies and Cyber legislations as well as the requirements for setting up and managing National CERTs/CIRTS. The article about Europe provide an overview of the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG) capacity building programs on computer crime investigations. The programs target mainly enhancing the capacities and effectiveness of law enforcement authorities of the Euro zone for better serving the rule of law. From the Asia and Pacific region, the Editorial Board selected an article with an analysis of the 2017 Cyber Maturity report wherein huge disparities on Cybersecurity readiness existed among the countries in the region. Regarding international cooperation efforts to combat cybercrime, the Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) introduced the 6th edition of the Europol-Interpol Cybercrime Conference to be held in this year Singapore which aims at expanding opportunities for cross-border partnerships in fighting cybercrime. The Editorial Board could not miss the opportunity to mention the adoption of the Delhi Communiqué following which the GFCE community agreed on five priorities and actions to strengthen global cyber capacities and enhance multistakeholder cyber dialogues.