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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.

Attacks on mobile devices affect users, as well as organisations that issue mobile devices to their employees. The use of personal mobile devices for work increases the difficulty of protecting organisations against cyber threats due to inadequate malware protection.

While governments and organisation leaders recognise the need for cybersecurity in this day and age, these issues cannot be addressed effectively without an in-depth understanding of cyber threats, security breaches and the solutions required to tackle them. As such, INTERPOL World 2015 provides a platform for decision makers to find out more about current and future security threats landscape to better respond to any cyber security incidents.

Why is there a need for a close collaboration between the public and private sectors to address security challenges?

Public-private partnerships in the security sphere fill the gap between law enforcement and private security service providers and researchers. As the public sector grapples with threats to cybersecurity, safe cities, border management and supply chain security, the private sector can offer creative solutions, technologies and specialised knowledge needed to address these challenges.

Similarly, the private security sector may be missing vital information on criminal trends and threats that will be of help to its development of solutions and services.  

Collaborations between the public and private sectors form platforms for the various stakeholders of the security sphere to network, share information and resources, as well as guidelines for training, operations and research.

What do you foresee to be the future security challenges, and what do you suggest needs to be done to prevent these problems from arising?

It will become even easier for criminals to act as the world becomes more globalised and interconnected, and as borders and geographies become increasing irrelevant. Crime committed within the cyberspace is not contained by national or geographical boundaries. For example, the crime may have been committed in the first jurisdiction or country while the victims are in a different jurisdiction. In this case, law enforcement regulations may differ.

Given that crimes committed over the cyberspace, across borders, within cities and via supply chains are truly global threats, a global response is required. This calls for larger multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships between law enforcement agencies, governments and especially within the industry.

INTERPOL believes firmly in the need to use technology to fight crime in the cyberspace. It is also equally important to engage the private sector in co-creating innovative solutions to address security issues, and for governments to share best practices and learn from one another.

As part of our engagement efforts, we are launching INTERPOL World 2015 to serve as a unique platform to connect governments, national security agencies and law enforcement agencies with the private sector to identify security challenges, co-create innovative solutions and improve the detection and prevention of digital crimes around the world.

For more information on the event, please visit


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