This week I’ve had the honor to attend the Policing Cyberspace International Summit 2011 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. It is reassuring to meet and talk with law enforcement from around the world who are helping to fight cybercrime and keep the Internet safe. All of us share the same concerns to improve security and stop cybercriminals.
Cooperation is critical to success in stopping cybercrime. One of the highlights of this conference was the award of a prize for international cooperation in fighting cybercrime to a member of the Australian Police. Their efforts involved cooperation with law enforcement around the world to arrest the members of a global cybercrime network. This was a great example of not only good police work, but of international cooperation to achieve success against a highly organized group of cybercriminals.
In describing their success against these cybercriminals, the Australians described a highly organized network that stretched across the globe and used sophisticated methods to hide their identities. This was a good example that dispels the myth of “loner” cybercriminals working in their parents basement for fun. Cybercriminals today are frequently highly organized, have a formal leadership structure, and are technically savvy. Technically smart cybercriminals increase the difficulty for law enforcement, but it is reassuring that police are still able to achieve success against them.
Meeting police from around the world this week in Malaysia, it was reassuring to see so many people committed to fighting cybercrime in every country.