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1st Eurasian Working Group on Cybercrime for Heads of Units

12-13 November 2013, Singapore

This inaugural event brought together the heads of cybercrime units from more than 40 countries from the European, Central Asian, Asian and South Pacific regions.

The event was jointly hosted by INTERPOL and the Singapore Police Force and supported by Kaspersky Lab.

Over two days, the Working Group discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in the areas of operational support, capacity building and harmonization of efforts in combating cybercrime.

The scale of the problem

In a globalized world with growing economies and fast-evolving technology, cybercrime presents an increasing  threat to governments, companies and citizens and has inestimable costs to the global economy.

However, weaknesses in Internet governance and infrastructure, combined with constantly evolving technology, make it difficult for police officers to locate those responsible for crimes in cyberspace.

Regional action

Against this background, it is clear that international multidisciplinary cooperation is essential. Police must stay ahead of criminals by understanding new trends and responding with innovative solutions.

Regional Working Groups, such as this one, are an essential part of INTERPOL’s strategy to promote international cooperation.

The 1st Eurasian Working Group on Cybercrime for Heads of Units brought together key actors from several regions in the fight against cybercrime and provided a platform for regional cooperation, sharing of knowledge and expertise.

Participants discussed ways in which to harness operational and technical expertise in the field, and to implement train-the-trainer programmes focusing on cybercrime forensics and investigation techniques.

Legislative frameworks

An international coordinated response cannot take place without appropriate legislative frameworks on cybercrime. The Working Group also discussed harmonization of legislation between countries as a prerequisite to the elimination of criminals’ safe havens and to the collection of evidence to secure their prosecution.

Working with the private sector

The event was attended by Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, whose support will ensure that INTERPOL’s member countries have access to all the necessary data to fight cybercrime.

INTERPOL, through its Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, is working increasingly with the private sector in order to gain a more comprehensive picture of the problem and to develop a cross-sector response to the threats of cybercrime.