ACEO of the ICT Division Laulu Angelo Chan Mow represented Samoa Police & Cyber Safety Pasifika at a Symposium organised by the University of Auckland. The theme of the discussion was “Perspectives of phishing for Maori & Pasifika” which is important as phishing attacks are now more common in the Pacific due to improved connectivity and inexpensive accessibility to the internet.
ACEO Laulu spoke about the prevalence and impact of phishing attacks amongst Pasifika communities, highlighting the specific challenges and vulnerabilities our communities in the blue Pacific face due to cultural factors and most importantly the lack of awareness.
Laulu shared insights into programs such as Cyber Safety Pasifika which is an Australian Federal Police-led program whose main focus is to educate Pasifika communities on how to identify and avoid being victims of phishing attacks. The program is also key to upskilling law enforcement officers on how to investigate this type of cybercrime.
Sharing knowledge and experiences can help develop more effective strategies and regulations in order to protect our Blue Pacific communities from cyber threats like phishing.