Photo - (From Left) Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of INTERPOL exchanging Cooperation Agreement with Datuk Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT in Rome on 8 November 2012.
Malaysia-headquartered IMPACT, the cyber security executing arm of the United Nations agency ITU, has signed a partnership with INTERPOL to tackle international cyber crime.
Datuk Mohd Noor Amin, chairman of IMPACT and Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organisation with 190 member countries, signed the Cooperation Agreement in Rome on 8 November 2012 witnessed by ITU secretary-general, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré.
IMPACT (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats) chairman, Datuk Mohd Noor Amin, said: "The signing of this agreement is truly a landmark event for all of us. For the first time, we are effectively pooling together and merging the resources from INTERPOL's community of police forces worldwide with ITU-IMPACT's existing stakeholders from governments, telecommunications regulators, CERTs, ISPs, ICT industry and academia."
"International Telecommunication Union's [ITU's] recent MOU [memorandum of understanding] with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime [UNODC] further strengthens the partnership by potentially adding in judicial officers and prosecutors under the ITU-IMPACT umbrella. This coming together of various different, but important, stakeholders is vital if we are going to succeed against the cyber criminals and enhance international cyber security," said Mohd Noor.
"This kind of cross-agency collaboration is essential to combating the increasingly serious problem of international cyber crime," said ITU secretary-general Dr Hamadoun I Touré. "For too long, cyber criminals have hidden behind national borders, hoping to escape detection or eluding the jurisdiction of national law enforcement
authorities. This new partnership with INTERPOL represents a major step forward in our efforts to bring such criminals to book."
Touré said that the agreement would allow both IMPACT and INTERPOL to exchange information, expertise as well as to enhance both organisations' knowledge base in the field of cyber security. "The Agreement will also see the cross promotion of capacity building activities aimed at the public and private sector and the civil society, with an objective to curb cyber crimes by protecting the cyber space and orchestrating a safer global community."
With 144 countries forming the ITU-IMPACT coalition, IMPACT provides cyber security support and services to ITU's Member States and other organisations within the UN system. ITU-IMPACT's global partnership also includes more than 200 industry, academia and international organisations.
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