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16 April 2015

Cyber security requires coordination and innovation, INTERPOL President tells conference

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands –  Addressing the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS 2015), INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi said the growing threat of cybercrime requires global, coordinated and innovative solutions.

In her remarks at the two-day (16 and 17 April) event in The Hague, President Ballestrazzi pointed to the recently opened INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore as a demonstration of the world police body’s commitment to tackling ever-changing crime trends.

President Ballestrazzi said the increasing dependence on information and communication technologies had made governments, security forces, business and individual citizens the prime targets of ever-more sophisticated forms of transnational crime.

“The state-of-the art facilities at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will significantly empower law enforcement agencies to take action at an international level. It will provide them with the right operational information and tools and the necessary expertise and skills to effectively combat cybercrime,” said President Ballestrazzi.

“The security of cyberspace is our collective responsibility and requires the commitment of us all,” concluded President Ballestrazzi.

The IGCI, which brings together law enforcement representatives, private sector experts and academics, will conduct strategic trend monitoring and real-time analysis of emerging threats to digital security, with these new capabilities providing significant support to police around the world.

During the GCCS 2015, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Nicholson announced his country would provide CAD 2.7 million to fund INTERPOL projects for cyber capacity building in Central America and the Caribbean.

INTERPOL recently coordinated an international operation targeting the Simda botnet which is believed to have infected 770,000 computers worldwide. Following intelligence from the private sector, a series of simultaneous action by law enforcement resulted in the seizure of 14 command and control servers in the Netherlands, the USA, Luxembourg, Russia and Poland.

INTERPOL cyber research also recently identified a threat to the blockchain in virtual transactions which could result in their being embedded with malware or other illegal data, including child abuse images.

The aim of GCCS 2015 is to improve international cooperation with regard to the Internet. Key issues to be discussed by some 1,800 participants from more than 100 countries, are Internet governance and multi-stakeholder cooperation, freedom and privacy online, the digital divide, economic growth through information technology, cyber security and cybercrime.