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Mission INTERPOL: Closer collaboration to defend global cybersecurity

Zafirah Salim | March 13, 2015
In this email interview, Noburu Nakatani, Executive Director of INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, shares his insights on the security landscape at both regional and global levels, as well as some recommendations on addressing these security challenges.


Noburu Nakatani, Executive Director of INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (Photo: INTERPOL)

The inaugural INTERPOL World 2015 — taking place on 14 to 16 April in Singapore this year — is a biennial trade event which promotes public-private partnerships. Apart from having a conference track, it also doubles up as a business platform for security manufacturers and service providers to offer innovative security solutions to law enforcement agencies, government officials and security professionals from the commercial sectors.    

In this email interview, Noburu Nakatani, Executive Director of INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, talks about some of the drivers behind this key security event. Besides sharing his insights on the security landscape at both regional and global levels, Nakatani also has some recommendations on addressing these security challenges, including the need for close collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Can you give us an overview of some of the key issues facing the global security landscape, and do you see any unique security challenges faced by the Asia region?

According to Frost & Sullivan's 2014 market study on Safe Cities, the past decade has seen armed insurgencies and criminal activities in parts of Asia, as countries confront external security threats such as terrorism, illegal arms trading as well as drugs and human trafficking.

Territorial disputes such as those in the South China Sea also threaten border and supply-chain security, potentially affecting economic development and safety of citizens in the region.

But these problems are not exclusive to Asia. Other countries around the world face similar threats. In light of this, we have set up INTERPOL World, an international security event to bring together stakeholders across the private and public industries to address security challenges and co-create solutions.

Can you elaborate on the issues facing law enforcements across the security spectrum?

The Internet has become a huge part of daily life for citizens around the world. We use it for e-mails, social networking, carry out banking transactions, file our tax returns and so on.

Increasing reliance on the Internet also makes us vulnerable to coordinated and complex cyberattacks, all within minutes and with the click of a button. It is important that individuals, governments and organisations around the world invest in cybersecurity to protect themselves and their personal data.

Similarly, as the advancement of technology makes transportation of people and goods between borders much easier than before, organised crime groups are making use of this access to commit crimes.

In identifying cybersecurity and border management as two of its primary domains, INTERPOL World aims to bring stakeholders together to improve the efficiency of law enforcement and crime detection across borders.

 

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