Cooperation Driving Progress in Fighting Cyber Crime

According to a panel of UK, US, and EU law enforcement officers, cooperation with businesses in the private sector is an increasingly important element in fighting cybercrime.

Deputy director of the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit told Infosecurity Europe 2015: "The cyber threats are the same around the world, and the criminals operating in the UK are also operating in Europe and the US.

"Therefore, the response must be joined up. Our understanding of the threat and collection of intelligence and evidence must be co-ordinated."

He said a coordinated response against cybercrime presents cultural, legal and intelligence sharing challenges as well as a range of other issues.

FBI assistant Michael Driscoll said information security professionals in the private sector often see the evidence of cyber-enabled crime far quicker than law enforcement.

He believes is it important to engage with information security professionals as law enforcement becomes increasingly reliant on what they do on a daily basis for gathering the evidence they need. Driscoll thinks private organisations can help broaden law enforcement's view and understanding of cyber-enabled crime.

Cyber security expert Alan Woodward said because most cybercrime is carried out by organised gangs, it means attacks are typically not coming from a single geographical location.

He said: "Command and control systems might be in the UK or the US, while the money might be going to someone in Ukraine. It is so distributed, that the only way you are going to fight it is through international co-operation."

Woodward said evidence suggests that with the emergence of the crime as a service model, which lowers the barrier to entry, there are 100 to 200 people who are the key enables of cybercrime.

He said: "It is starting to be a strategy for law enforcement to go after this group to disrupt the infrastructure of lower level cyber criminals."

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