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03 April 2013 - Media release

International cooperation key to fighting cybercrime, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation Director tells security meeting

SINGAPORE – Cybercrime is a growing threat to global security that can only be combated by a coordinated response from law enforcement and private industry, Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), told an international conference on counter-terrorism and security issues.

Speaking during the Global Security Asia 2013 conference in Singapore, Mr Nakatani outlined the dangers posed by criminals who exploit the Internet and cyberspace for their own advantage, as well as the challenges facing police in effectively fighting this crime that transcends physical borders and jurisdictions.

“One of the biggest and most pervasive threats of our age to security is cybercrime. With an estimated 14 people per second falling victim to cybercrime, it is essential that we collaborate on closing the gaps that cybercriminals manipulate to their advantage,” said Mr Nakatani, citing a figure from the 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report.

INTERPOL seeks to become a leader and coordinator in the fight against cybercrime through the creation of the IGCI, a cutting-edge research and development facility set to open in Singapore in 2014. Its Digital Crime Centre in particular will help assist police in their efforts to confront cybercrime and other emerging crime threats.

Mr Nakatani highlighted the fundamental role the IGCI will play in enhancing global cybersecurity, by developing new law enforcement tools and boosting the capacity of police worldwide to effectively tackle crybercrime.

“There is a lag between criminals adopting new technologies and practices and law enforcement developing the technical skills required to counter them, because of bureaucracy and budget constraints on the law enforcement side,” said Mr Nakatani. “The technical capacity of the law enforcement community therefore needs to be further strengthened in the digital age, especially in developing countries.”

A strong law enforcement response is not enough to stay ahead of cybercriminals. Close cooperation with all affected sectors, including academia and private industry, is crucial to developing a truly global cybersecurity strategy, said Mr Nakatani.

“International cooperation is perhaps the single most important requirement for better cybersecurity. As this is a global problem, it requires global solutions based on universal values.”

“INTERPOL believes we must embrace the Internet and proactively reinforce cybersecurity so that citizens are provided with an environment in which they can conduct their online lives safely and securely,” concluded Mr Nakatani.

The Global Security Asia 2013 conference brings together representatives of governments, military, academia and the private sector to discuss the threats posed by international terrorism and cutting-edge solutions to counter them.