Interpol Thinks Policing model Needs to Change with Cybercrime
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Interpol thinks the policing model needs to change with cybercrime as criminals upgrade their working model. The global pandemic has digitized the world and law enforcement needs to upgrade itself to keep ahead of the cybercriminals.

At Acronis’s #CyberFit Summit in Singapore on Thursday, Interpol cybercrime director Craig Jones put forth the idea of shedding the idea of lone threat actors in a hoodie hunched with a keyboard to a more integrated criminal ecosystem.

He said, “We are now looking at a business model. Because we’ve evolved, the criminals have evolved as well in our digital space,” said Jones. “We see a whole criminal business supply chain as well, from people gaining illegal access to criminals offering ransomware as a service.”

Jones further added, that cybercriminals are equipped with a range of skills and have access to their colleagues with skills available for low cost in a borderless environment. Leading to attacks that not just break into a store or an object but day-to-day infrastructure.

According to Jones law enforcement requires to move away from traditional methods in order to tackle these ecosystems. Giving the example of China’s early local magistrates.

He said, “We sit locally in a police station, we get into a car, we patrol the streets in the communities. It’s divided up into different stations, regions, areas, and we work and we police that local community. But police do not sit in that online community. We don’t see what you’ve seen.”

He suggests the way forward for law enforcement would be to share data with other agencies outside their jurisdictions. He added, “In much the same way you as a community share data information between yourselves, law enforcement needs to do better. Geopolitical elements also impact our actions as well – the offensive efficiency of law enforcement to be able to take coordinated actions to prevent, detect, investigate and disrupt the cyber threat actors. We’re looking at a change in that policing model.”

According to Jones in the case of Interpol embracing this theory, it will grow its network, with the action operations database in Singapore expanding further into Asia and South Pacific.

He concluded, “We also have that in the Americas region. So working from the global to the regional to the local.”

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