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Press Release 21 October 2011

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Oct
21

Regional Platform Will Help the Fight with Cybercrime

The participants in the first South East European Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime negotiate measures for cooperation

The participants in the first South East Regional Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, that was held in Sofia, 19 – 21 October 2011, decided to establish a regional platform facilitating cybercrime counteraction on South East Europe. Over 150 participants from the leading information and communication companies, financial orgnizations, public and non-governmental sector and officials from the law enforcement agencies in South-East European countries, USA and the partner countries from the Salzburg Forum took part in the forum.

The main objectives of the platform are:

  • Promoting and supporting the exchange of best practices among the law-enforcement authorities from the region with a view of achieving a more effective counteraction to cybercrime, better knowledge of criminal situation and improvement of the mechanisms for international cooperation.
  • Creating effective forms of public-private partnerships for prevention of cybercrime and for improvement of the Internet culture of the users, coming from the position that better knowledge of the threats in the Internet leads to an aware and cautious behaviour of the Internet users and limitation of the opportunities for committing cybercrimes.
  • Establishing regional expert councils for the development of best practices for cybercrime counteraction and an organization of regular working meetings at regional level for exchange of experience in the respective fields of cybercrime counteraction.
  • Building a series of measures for stimulating the exchange of information among the law-enforcement agencies and other structures engaged in maintaining the cyber security, with a view of development of strategies for counteraction.
  • Developing, together with the academia circles, of research of the latest trends in cyber attacks and their use for the creation of best practices with a view of the implementation of the academic achievements in practice.
  • Organization of joint trainings on cyber investigations and prosecutions for police officers, prosecutors and judges from the SEE states with a view of improving their qualification and strengthening the cooperation at national and regional level. The resources and the experience of the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy can be used for this purpose.
  • Cooperation with other international organizations and structures involved in the prevention and counteraction to cybercrime.

“We think that the most successful way to improve the regional ccoperation on counteraction to cybercrime in Southeast Europe is to implement of best national practices at regional level. Therefore, we suggest to establish a regional platform facilitating cybercrime counteraction in Southeast Europe”, said Yavor Kolev, Head of Computer Crime, Intellectual Property and Gambling Sector of the General Directorate “Counter Organized Crime”.

“One of the main aspects of cybercrime is their cross-border nature. This requires the establishment of effective partnerships for counteraction and prevention of cybercrime not only at national but also at regional and global level”, explained Albena Spasova, President of the Management Board of the Internetional Cyber Investigation Training Academy.

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The South East European Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime” claims to be the first forum that brings together representatives of leading ICT companies, financial institutions, publis sector, non-governmental organizations and officials from the law enforcement agencies in South-East European countries, USA, and the partner countries from the Salzburg Forum.

The organizers of the conference are: the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria – Computer Crime, IPR and Gambling Section within General Directorate Combating Organized Crime – and the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy.

The main partners are: the International Agency for Crime Prevention and Security Policies and Max Telecom. The General sponsor of the event is RSA, the security division of EMC, sponsor of a dinner - Atos and media partners - Darik radio, information agency BGNES, Monitor newspaper, Vseki den – electronic newspaper and Computerworld newpaper. Fujitsu is the technology partner of the conference.

For more information:
Maya Boycheva-Manolcheva
Project Manager, International Cyber Investigation Training Academy
Phone:  00359 2 4215855
E-mail: mboycheva@cybercrimeacademy.org
Web site: www.cybercrimeforum.bg
www.cybercrimeacademy.org

Press Release 13 October 2011

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Oct
13

Law Enforcement Officials and Business Representatives Are Discussing Measures to Combat Cybercrime

The first South East European Regional Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime will take place on 19 – 21 October in Sofia

The Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch of FBI Shawn Henry, named as one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine in December 2010 and as cybercrime fighter of the year by McAfee Inc., in April 2010 and Jeffrey Irvine, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, USSS will take part in the first South East European Regional Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, 19 – 21 October, Hilton hotel Sofia. Mr. Henry will participate via video conference call.

The South East European Regional Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime claims to be the first regional event whose purpose is to bring together representatives of leading ICT companies, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations and officials from the law enforcement agencies in South-East European countries, USA, Russia and Ukraine. As the Conference is related to the agenda of the Bulgarian presidency of the Salzburg Forum, it will also be attended by representatives of the law enforcement authorities in the partner countries Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The organizers of the South East European Regional Conference on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime are the Ministry of Interior of Republic of Bulgaria in the person of “Computer Crime, IPR and Gambling” section of General Directorate “Combating Organized Crime” and the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy. The forum is under the patronage of Mr. Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Europol, Interpol, SECI/SELEC, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe will participate as observers.

The duration of the event is three days. The first day (19 October) of the forum will be open to the public and will also be attended by representatives of the business community. Leading companies and organizations will represent their latest solutions and will share their practice in the sphere of cybersecurity. In the event will participate: the International Agency for Crime Prevention and Security Policies, Max Telecom, RSA, the security division of EMC, Microsoft, Ceragon, Facebook, Hi Computers, New Horizons,UniCredit Bulbank, etc. The next two days will be organized in closed sessions for law enforcement representatives only.

There will be specialists from all sectors of the public administration involved in ICT and Internet and counteracting cybercrime, including the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, the State Commission on Information Security, prosecutors, judges, and representatives of NGOs.

The main partners of the conference are: the International Agency for Crime Prevention and Security Policies and Max Telecom. The General sponsor is RSA, the security division of EMC and Atos IT Solutions and Services is a sposor of a dinner. The media partners are:  Darik radio, information agency BGNES, Monitor newspaper, electronic newspaper Vseki Den and Computerworld newspaper. Fujitsu is a technology partner

“The goal of this conference is to create a platform to help the cybercrime investigations by  coordinating the actions of the law enforcement authorities and improving the cooperation among the countries in the region”, explained Yavor Kolev, Head of Cyber Crime, Intellectual Property and Gambling Sector of the General Directorate “Counter Organized Crime”.

“We’ll show that we can create strong public-private partnerships to counteract cybercrime and develop measures for preventing and counteracting cybercrime”, added Albena Spasova, President of the Management Board of International Cyber Investigation Training Academy.

For more information:
Maya Boycheva-Manolcheva
Project Manager, International Cyber Investigation Training Academy
Phone:  00359 2 4215855
E-mail: mboycheva@cybercrimeacademy.org
Web site: www.cybercrimeforum.bg
www.cybercrimeacademy.org

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