The Acting Commissioner of Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), SSP Jimmy Haguma, has emphasised the significance of cybersecurity to all officers given their constant interaction with technological advancements and diverse individuals.
Haguma made these remarks to police officers from the directorate of Interpol and International Relations and Forensic Services (DFS) on September 14, 2023, at a one-day training programme organised by the Department of Electronic Countermeasures within the Information Communication Directorate (ICT).
He tipped the officers on cyber security in order to minimise risks during their day-to-day operations.
“As Interpol officers, your work involves extensive interactions with a broad population. It’s crucial to exercise vigilance both online and when handling electronic devices,” Haguma said.
Haguma emphasised that it is vital for officers to establish a unified stance in enhancing cyber security efforts, fostering a positive environment, and cultivating a cyber-hygiene culture.
“It’s important to remember that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In a distributed environment, a breach by even a single individual can have detrimental consequences for the entire organisation,” Haguma added.
The officers were also educated on social engineering, the art of manipulating people to divulge confidential information, and the reasons criminals employ such tactics.