September 14th, 2007 05:18 EST
INTERPOL urges integrated global cyber-crime investigation network
NEW DELHI, India – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble today, Wednesday, urged law enforcement agencies to establish integrated National Central Reference Points (NCRPs) to facilitate the prevention, investigation and prosecution of cyber-crime.
Identified as a minimum legal standard by the Convention on Cyber-Crime of the Council of Europe, the creation of a network of NCRPs using INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system, I-24/7, would enable police anywhere in the world to immediately identify and obtain assistance from experts in other countries 24 hours a day – considered essential in online investigations.
India’s Minister of Home Affairs Shivraj Patil stressed that the challenge confronting law enforcement in combating cyber-crime is immense.
'While we, the law protectors, are meeting here to share our experiences as to how to fight the emerging cyber-crime threat confronting us, the law breakers are meeting in person and in cyber-space to identify new and innovative ways to commit more crimes,' said Minister Patil.
Addressing delegates at the 7th International Conference on Cyber-Crime in New Delhi, Mr Noble also called on the private sector to become more involved in aiding police investigations.
'The very people who have been pioneering the applications that have made the Internet so important in our daily lives can, and must, play an essential role in keeping it safe,' said Secretary General Noble.
'Law enforcement agencies and the private sector need to work more closely together, with countries creating specialist joint units ready to respond to a cyber-threat against their nation or to provide assistance for police anywhere in the world.
'Involving and engaging private sector experts is the only way for the police to keep up to date with fast-evolving new technologies,' concluded Mr. Noble.
Co-operation between international organizations is also a key issue, with delegates to examine how partnerships between INTERPOL, the G8 countries, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Europol can be enhanced to ensure a cohesive global response to cyber-crime.
Other items on the three-day conference agenda include terrorist use of the Internet, online child exploitation, online banking fraud and cyber-forensics.