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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.

Cargo and commercial trade supply chains are also highly susceptible to threats such as terrorism, piracy, theft and illicit trade due to its lucrative nature. This poses tremendous risks to our society and the global economy, accounting for a loss of anywhere between US$1 trillion and US$2 trillion every year according to the 2012/2013 World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Organised Crime.

The key to ensuring security in supply chain lies in enhanced collaboration between governments, the law enforcement community, the private sector and consumers.

Lastly, another issue that many law enforcement agencies are facing is the safety, functionality and resilience of critical national infrastructure. Policies and physical measures must be put in place to ensure that a nation's critical infrastructure is able to withstand and recover from deliberate attacks. Besides day to day policing, law enforcers in cities hosting large-scale international tournaments or meetings such as the World Cup, Olympics or even the INTERPOL General Assembly, have to help plan and provide security on-site.

Given that different parts of the world face very similar threats and that many of these challenges are driven by technology, a platform that brings together public and private sector to find innovative technology-driven solutions to global security challenges will be extremely beneficial. Through INTERPOL World, solutions that are developed in collaboration with the private sector can be test-bedded in specific countries or cities and then shared with the rest of the world.

In conjunction with INTERPOL World, INTERPOL will also be launching the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. Can you highlight how this new establishment can help combat against cybercrime?

The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) will be a cutting-edge research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals, innovative training, operational support and partnerships. It will complement the efforts carried out by INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon.

The IGCI will go beyond the traditional reactive law enforcement model, and will conduct research into new areas and the latest training techniques.

How has the nature of cybercrime evolved over the years, and what sort of factors do you think have contributed to its rapid growth?

In the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Cybersecurity Market Assessment, it was highlighted that there are about 10 billion devices connected to the Internet today and the number is set to grow to 50 billion devices by 2020. This trend is driven by technological advances in low cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and wireless connectivity.

With that much of our information available over the Internet, cyber criminals now have a larger pool from which to gather data illegally. Most importantly, when governments become targets of cybercrime, consequences extend beyond just monetary losses; instead it crosses over to the disclosure of confidential data and intelligence.

 

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