FBI Provides Refreshers on Cybercrime Efforts

U.S. FBI officials and experts this week provided training on preventing and reacting to cybercrime and cross-border crimes to about 140 participants from 20 Asia-Pacific countries in Cambodia.

This year’s three-day seminar for graduates of the bureau’s academy was held in Siem Reap.

The annual event “brings together graduates from FBI National Academy training programs to network and to share information and best practices,” U.S. Embassy spokesman Jay Raman said this week.

The Cambodian government may nominate two people to attend the FBI academy annually in the future, according to Carl Thayer, a Southeast Asia military expert at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

“Cambodia’s main weaknesses are in human resources and capacity to defend against and counter cyber and transnational crime,” he said.

“Human resources involve not only education and training but updating personnel on latest developments in technology and intelligence on cyber and transnational crimes.”

The seminar and potential studies of future students would bolster these areas, he said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reached for comment.

Clarification: An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported that the Cambodian government has annually nominated two people to attend the FBI academy. In fact, the government intends to do so in the future.

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