Security experts gather to discuss cybercrime enforcement

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit hosts first Cybercrime Enforcement Summit at Redmond campus

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 21 February 2014
Security experts gather to discuss cybercrime enforcement

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit hosted its first annual Cybercrime Enforcement Summit at the Redmond campus last week.

More than 60 leaders and experts from law enforcement, academia and the private sector joined Microsoft to share legal and technical solutions to confront the global spread of cybercrime.

The two-day event showcased closed-door sessions discussing best practices and further steps required to help protect online communities. During the event, Microsoft signed memorandums of understanding with Europol, the Organization of American States and FIS Global to ensure intent for collaboration with world security groups.

According to a blog post by David Finn, executive vice president and associate general counsel for Microsoft Cybercrime Center, the summit highlighted three key areas. These included that:

  • Actions speak louder than words: The industry must break down barriers within organisations and work across borders to develop strong, collaborative partnerships that will enable it to remain one step ahead of cyber criminals
  • The young and elderly need to be protected: As cyber criminals often target the least powerful, it is important that the industry works together to protect these groups
  • New problems need new solutions: The capacity to harness big data and visualisation tools will be a key priority within the industry. By helping law enforcement and governments track and trace criminal organisations in innovative ways, this technology will allow Microsoft and others to follow their digital fingerprints and hold them accountable. Public and private sector organisations should also explore new ways of working together, such as sharing real-time information about cyber criminals, or embedding employees into partner organisations on key investigations.

“The fact is, you can’t do the same old thing and expect a different result,” said Finn. “We need to tackle cyber crime with new, bolder approaches – and new partnerships – if we are going to get a step ahead of the cyber criminals. We have to do it in some new ways, making sure that experts in the private sector, the public sector, and academia work together so we can build a safer internet. Those that have crime-fighting muscle must step up and take the fight to the cyber criminals themselves.”

The conference is an extensions of the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to advance the global fight against cybercrime, which was opened in November 2013.

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