INTERPOL unveils plan to support member states’ fight against cybercrime

The International Police Organisation – or INTERPOL – has unveiled its plan to support member countries’ efforts to combat cybercrime through coordination and delivery of specialized policing capabilities from 2016 to 2020.

The plan, outlined in the organisation’s Global Cybercrime Strategy, comprises five action streams, with the
overall goal of helping member countries to identify cyberattacks and their perpetrators.

These will be done through:

  1. Threat assessment and analysis, trends monitoring involving detection and positive identification of cybercrime, cybercriminals and cybercrime groups through threat assessments, analysis and trends monitoring.
  2. Access to and exploitation of raw digital data by facilitating access to data linked to cyberattacks, and the relevant tools and partners to consolidate the collection of data and enhance its exploitation.
  3. e-Evidence management process by managing digital evidence processing for the purpose of investigation and prosecution: lawful collection of digital clues, preserving the evidence, making it intelligible and acceptable for the court system.
  4. Correlation of cyber and physical information by bridging the gap between digital traces and physical identification so as to identify the location of possible perpetrators.
  5. Harmonization and interoperability by improving operational interoperability and global coordination, and encouraging legislative harmonization.

The five-point action streams will be delivered using INTERPOL’s range of policing capabilities, and are aligned to the Organization’s two other Global Programmes (Counterterrorism, Organized and Emerging Crime) to ensure a
coherent and effective approach to fight all forms of transnational crime.

The Global Cybercrime Strategy will be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant, continues to respond to emerging threats in the dynamic environment it operates in, and responds to member countries’ expectations.

The primary scope of INTERPOL’s Cybercrime Programme is to target “pure cybercrime”, crimes against computers
and information systems where the aim is to gain unauthorized access to a device or deny access to a legitimate user (typically thorough the use of malicious software).

The Cybercrime Programme is run from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, which is
equipped with a multi-stakeholder Cyber Fusion Centre, a Digital Forensics Laboratory and an Innovation Centre.

INTERPOL also recognizes the importance of fighting cyber-enabled crimes, where the use of computers and
information systems amplifies crime such as financial fraud and terrorist use of social media. Additionally, there
is an increasing demand for digital forensic capabilities to support the fight against many types of crimes.

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