Ideas on Fighting Cyber Crime Globally

Sue Marquette Poremba
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The Cost of Cyber Crime

Cyber attacks continue to occur frequently and result in serious financial consequences for businesses and government institutions.

As I mentioned yesterday, a panel of distinguished security experts spoke on the issue of cyber war at the Kaspersky Lab Cyber Conference. They could not come to a consensus on what, exactly, cyber warfare is.


However, all agreed that the threat of a cyber war and the escalation of cyber attacks and cyber threats need to be addressed on a global level.


Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, discussed the idea of creating an International Cyber Security Agency (ICSA) as an independent global platform for cooperation and treaties for non-usage of cyber weapons, as well as putting in place regulations to protect critical infrastructures from Stuxnet-like (or worse) attacks.


The other panelists - Michael Moran, assistant director cybersecurity and crime with Interpol; Alexander Ntoko, head, corporate strategy division, International Telecommunication Union; and Alexander Seger, secretary of the cybercrime convention committee, head of data protection and cybercrime division, Council of Europe - weren't as convinced that this was the best course of action. As Seger pointed out, getting enough agreement among leaders to develop and then sign treaties takes a very long time. It would be better to see what organizations are already out there fighting cyber crime on an international level and build on their efforts, as well as build on existing laws and ideas. Ntoko added that, just like the best cybersecurity defense is a layered approach, the fight against cyber crime and cyber warfare should also be layered. For example, it shouldn't just be government leaders dictating the direction taken to combat cyber threats. It should be a cooperative effort on many levels, including security providers and industries.


There is also the issue of who will police cyber threats and cyber crime. Would it be a branch of existing law enforcement or something entirely new? And would this cyber law enforcement operate on a global level or stay within national borders?


There was some discussion on how to fund a fight against cyber threats. In tough economic times, money for IT and security resources has been slashed. As Moran said, there is a serious lack of resources to fight cyber crime and cyber war, and that includes gathering the research necessary to develop new prevention strategies and staying one step ahead of the bad guys.


The bottom line is that the international community needs to rethink how wars will be fought and crimes will be committed. A single, well-planned cyber attack can take down entire cities, states or even countries, which is why action has to be taken now.

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Feb 10, 2012 9:11 AM TeachinGuru TeachinGuru  says:

I agree with Michael Moran & others, setting up ICSA will create more headaches.  As it is, the world doesn't seem to come together politically-does anyone expect governments to co-operate with one another on the issue of cyber security? I don't think so! On top of it, getting treaties signed is one thing but why would anyone think it will be a independently run organization.  I am sure that countries that are financially strong will once again try to dictate the entire decision making process.  I think the best solution for cyber security is not another organization but instead a coalition of strong technical/innovative leaders who are not influenced by political motivation.

Feb 10, 2012 10:46 AM Shivam Shivam  says: in response to TeachinGuru

I also agree with Michale Moran & others,its time to make a strong internet governance before cyber crime blast the internet.Each n every country should have the treaty to avoid this blast otherwise cyber crime ratio high then other crimes.This is right time to control it through making the Cyber Laws,International Treaties and E-Governance.

Feb 16, 2012 5:34 PM Jerr Jerr  says: in response to TeachinGuru

A coalition not influenced by political motivation? Influenced by whom, then? I think this might go down a very dangerous path. At least we have some control over the politicians through the democratic process. But an independent organization? Who says they wouldn't start serving their own interests instead?

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