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30 September 2016

INTERPOL-Europol cybercrime conference closes with onus on multi-stakeholder cooperation

SINGAPORE - The INTERPOL-Europol cybercrime conference has closed with a firm resolve to enhance multi-stakeholder cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.

Hosted at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, the conference was attended by some 200 cyber specialists from 56 countries.

Led by representatives from law enforcement, the private sector and academia, delegates took part in interactive sessions on topics including the attribution of cyberattacks, the use of technology by terrorists, ransomware, bulletproof hosting and digital forensics.

Enhanced private-public partnerships, the reshaping of information sharing agreements and the further development of regionally-focused capacity building programmes were identified as key areas for future efforts.

Conclusions emphasized the need for:

  • Law enforcement agencies and private sector companies to consider and find solutions to address respective constraints when investigating cybercrime.
  • Supporting user-focused initiatives such as 'No more ransom', a multi-stakeholder project which aims to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without paying their attacker.
  • INTERPOL and Europol to support existing entities in their establishment of regional cyber centres via capacity building and information sharing.

The INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference is a joint event, which is hosted alternatively by Europol and INTERPOL. The 2017 edition will be held from 27-29 September at Europol's headquarters in The Hague.