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The roles of Interpol and NEC in fighting cybercrime

Zafirah Salim | June 6, 2014
Interpol and Japan-based NEC speak on behalf of the Internet security industry and private sector, respectively, and discuss their roles in combating cybercrime.

The last pillar, research and innovation, refers to the lack of technically qualified people within law enforcement agencies, as well as its lack of dedicated research support. Interpol intends to bridge this gap by providing its research facility for its member countries. In addition, Interpol has also been organising security seminars and hackathons, as well as releasing research papers on security threats and future trends to educate others on the cyber security environment.

Interpol’s contribution in battling cybercrime

Besides providing operational and investigative support to law enforcement agencies, Interpol also provides round-the-clock cyber network for various coordination efforts, cyber threat taskforce, as well as Interpol cyber alerts.

Within the Interpol Digital Crime Centre (IDCC), Interpol has established a Digital Forensic Lab and a Cyber-Fusion Centre. The Digital Forensic Lab focuses on identifying and testing digital forensic technology and methodologies to help investigators in digital crime investigations. Its activities include trend analysis, testing of forensic tools, development of best practices, and capacity building and training.

On the other hand, the Cyber Fusion Centre is the “nerve centre of Interpol,” said Oberoi. It provides a platform for law enforcement agencies to collaborate with the Internet security industry to combat digital crime. It will also provide expertise to national cybercrime units during enquiries, coordinate cross-border investigations and deploy investigative support teams to assist national law enforcement agencies during investigations following a serious cyber crime incident.

Summing up his presentation, Oberoi stressed that effective law enforcement cannot happen in isolation, which explains why Interpol is constantly building new partnerships with a diverse range of international organisations and the private sector to form a powerful force against crime.

At present, Interpol is at various stages of engagement with public sector organisations such as International Communication Union (ITU), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) just to name a few as well as other various companies in private sectors, said Oberoi.

Taking over the stage from Oberoi, is the second and final speaker, Quek Joo Khuan, Director, Regional Sales and Business Development, Public Safety, of NEC Asia Pacific. Quek first shared some statistics with the audience that indicates that the rate of cybercrime has steadily increased for the past ten years. 

After emphasising the severity of this issue, Quek went on to share NEC’s solutions to fight against cybercrime. He highlighted five key aspects on how NEC counters cybercrime: research and development (R&D), solution development, processes and procedures, intelligence and trends, as well as awareness.

 

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