The first meeting of the INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group brought together cyber experts from around the world to review INTERPOL’s current cybersecurity programmes and provide advice for future activities.
Around 80 experts from some 30 countries gathered at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore where they discussed issues relating to cyber research, training, forensics and operations.
The aim of the expert group is to advise INTERPOL in policy formulation and the implementation of cyber programmes and operations; to serve as a forum for the exchange of information and best practices; and to assist INTERPOL in developing a long-term cybersecurity strategy.
INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said: “The transnational nature of cybercrime, which does not abide by physical or virtual borders, requires a comprehensive global strategy developed by the top experts and backed by the necessary training and resources on the ground.
“The creation of the INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group is an important step in bringing together the world’s top cybercrime authorities to share experiences and assist with forming a global cybersecurity plan,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.
With transnational criminal organizations increasingly using the Internet and new technologies to carry out their crimes, during its two-day (30 November and 1 December) meeting the expert group was given an overview of INTERPOL’s cyber activities and discussed strategies for enhancing cybersecurity worldwide.
“New cyberthreats are constantly appearing, therefore it is critical for law enforcement to work closely with cyber experts from the private sector to present a strong global front against these emerging threats to our security,” said Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the IGCI.
The expert group was established earlier this year, following the approval of the INTERPOL General Assembly in 2014. Its chairperson is Catherine Chambon, Deputy Director of the Cybercrime Repression Department of the French Judicial Police. The expert group carries on the work of the previous IGCI Working Group, which assisted with the formation of the IGCI and the definition of its main activities.