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21 September 2018

Police facing increased cyber challenges says INTERPOL Chief

BELGRADE, Serbia – From an emerging phenomenon, cybercrime is now the daily reality for frontline officers was INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock’s message to the Ministerial Conference on High-Tech Crime and Information Security.

The INTERPOL Chief said the often fragmented legislative framework across regions required law enforcement to reach out beyond borders in order to be effective against the cybercrime threat.

As a neutral platform supporting police around the globe, Mr Stock said INTERPOL can help exploit investigative data shared by its member countries, and partners, to develop actionable information as outlined in the Organization’s Cybercrime strategy.

Building technical expertise for police at the local and national levels is also crucial. Secretary General Stock highlighted the Glacy+ project, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, through which INTERPOL is working to strengthen the cyber capacities of 12 priority countries in Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean and Latin America.

With the conference aiming to promote the role of international and regional cooperation, as well as with the private sector to achieve a higher level of information security, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić recognized the need to use INTERPOL’s channels for law enforcement cooperation.

Attended by Interior Ministers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Montenegro and Turkey, and the European Commissioner for Home Affairs and Migration, the two-day (20 and 21 September) conference also provided an opportunity for Secretary General Stock to hold a number of high-level meetings on the sidelines of the event.

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