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25 September 2013

Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference to enhance cooperation in protecting cyberspace

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Global experts in the field of cybersecurity gathered in The Hague for the first joint Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference to generate strategies for protecting cyberspace against the threat of criminal exploitation.

The two-day conference (24 and 25 September), held at Europol headquarters, welcomed more than 250 participants from 42 countries, representing more than 80 different organizations from law enforcement, private industry and academia. The aim of the conference was to identify concrete ways of improving collaborative efforts in combating cybercrime and enhancing coordination of international investigations.

Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), Noboru Nakatani emphasized the transnational nature of crimes committed in cyberspace, where the lack of physical or virtual borders means international police cooperation is crucial to preventing and combating criminal acts.

“As cybercrime is a truly a transnational crime, it requires global solutions based on universal values. No nation, no international organization, can solve this problem on its own; we need a global alliance to fight cybercrime,” said Mr Nakatani.

“Through the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, we wish to be a proactive catalyst in such an alliance, in cooperation with European Cybercrime Centre,  focusing on the intersection of crime and technology in a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected,” he concluded.

Issues discussed during the conference included the different types of cybercrime, creating effective legislation, ensuring successful prosecutions, research and development, cyberattacks and security, virtual currencies, and training and capacity building.

Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Troels Oerting said building solid partnerships among all stakeholders is key to ensuring a safe and secure cyberspace.

“In a borderless cyberspace, criminals actively cooperate by sharing their tools and methods, including how best to hide from police. EC3 and the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation have established an unbeatable alliance to improve and expand cooperation, servicing our member states and stakeholders while respecting our respective legal frameworks,” said Mr Oerting.

“Our work doesn’t stop when we turn off the lights after this conference. We are prepared to do our share of the heavy lifting, and I am confident that we are on the right track, and our excellent cooperation with INTERPOL and our 28 EU member states is the evidence of that,” he concluded.

A main focus of the discussions was how increased cooperation could avoid a duplication of efforts among the different law enforcement agencies investigating cybercrime activities worldwide. Strategies examined included:

  • Bringing together the management of cybercrime units to enhance relationships;
  • Sharing the knowledge, experience and expertise of law enforcement with private sector partners;
  • Identifying initiatives to overcome challenges to future collaboration.

The Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference is a joint initiative of the two organizations. It will be held annually, alternating between The Hague and Singapore, where the IGCI is scheduled to open in 2014.

Troels Oerting, Head of European Cybercrime Centre

Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation