Three officials from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation are in Apia this week to offer training to 26 IT professionals on the basics of conducting cyber investigations. Honorable Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, officially opened the four-day training that will bolster Samoa’s capacity in dealing with cybercrimes and the various online tools that can help with any investigation or background check.
This training grew out of the U.S. Professional Fellowship in Information Technology program that was attended last October by the now CEO of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Fualau Talatalaga Matau, and Makeki Online founder Mose Mose.
For three weeks, Fualau and Mose, along with several colleagues from other Pacific Islands, took a tour of municipal IT systems and private sector IT entities across multiple cities in the U.S with a focus on the impact of increased Internet connectivity on economic and social development.
For a reciprocal program, Fualau and Mose successfully proposed for a cyber investigation course to be held locally, which led to this FBI training taking place this week.
The training consists of instruction on the basics of hardware and software systems, the various aspects of the internet, how to investigate cybercrimes, and how to carry out online investigations.
This training is reflective of the U.S. and Samoa’s shared interests and close collaboration on matters of national security, transparent markets, and the rule of law.