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Published: 07 Jul 2017 09:47AM (Singapore)
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Interpol World 2017: Building a Safer World Through Innovation
Launching the Interpol World 2017, Second Minister for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee highlighted Singapore’s strong support for efforts by Interpol to strengthen global safety and security, and also shared the four key priorities under Singapore’s National Cybercrime Action Plan (NCAP).
 
By Yuslina Aziz

Interpol World (IW) 2017 was launched by Second Minister for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee on 4 July 2017 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Speaking at the IW 2017 launch ceremony, Mr Lee highlighted Singapore’s strong support of efforts by Interpol to strengthen global safety and security.

Second Minister for Home Affairs Mr Desmond Lee speaking at the launch ceremony of Interpol World 2017 on 4 July 2017. Photo: Aizil A.Rahim

He also shared that Singapore is enhancing its capabilities and resilience to deal with the cyber threat and outlined the four key priorities and its initiatives under the National Cybercrime Action Plan (NCAP), launched in July 2016.

Educating and Empowering the Public to Stay Safe in Cyberspace

As part of NCAP’s efforts to educate the public to stay safe in cyberspace, the Police partnered Europol in the ‘No More Ransom’ project to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without paying any ransom.

Enhancing Government’s Capacity and Capability to Combat Cybercrime

The Police has also established a Cybercrime Command in the Criminal Investigation Department to develop specialist expertise to enhance capacity and capability to combat cybercrime. Full-time Cybercrime Response Teams have also been set up since December 2015 in all frontline Police Divisions.

Interpol World 2017 drew strong participation from law enforcement, government bodies, academia, security professionals and solution providers. Photo: Aizil A.Rahim

Strengthening Legislation and the Criminal Justice Framework

Another priority under the NCAP is to strengthen laws and the criminal justice framework to tackle cyber threats. Mr Lee shared that the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act was amended in June 2017 to address the increasing scale and transnational nature of cybercrime, as well as the evolving tactics of cybercriminals.

“The amendments also give Singapore extraterritorial jurisdiction over offences, where the act causes or creates a significant risk of serious harm in Singapore,” said Mr Lee.

Stepping Up Partnerships and International Engagements

The final pillar under the NCAP is to build strong partnerships with key public and private sector actors.

Collaborating with Interpol and other partner countries, Singapore rolled out a slew of capacity building programmes for the ASEAN region in the last few years as the ASEAN Lead Shepherd for Cybercrime.

“We are privileged to have INTERPOL’s presence in Singapore as well as strong support from key international partners and ASEAN member states. We hope to build an even more collaborative environment to exchange best practices and to forge even closer operational links,” said Mr Lee.

Mr Lee also announced that MHA recently established a Special Interest Group for Cybercrime and Investigation, in collaboration with the Singapore Cyber Security Consortium.

“Through this initiative, we can bring real-world cybercrime and investigation challenges to academia and industry; and leverage on their talents and innovation to deal with cybercrime,” said Mr Lee.

Second Minister Mr Desmond Lee (centre) launching Interpol World 2017 with Mr Jürgen Stock (left), Secretary General of Interpol and Mr Meng Hongwei (right), President of Interpol. Photo: Aizil A.Rahim

The biennial event, first introduced in 2015, serves as a networking and information exchange platform for law enforcement, government bodies, academia, security professionals and solution providers. It is hosted by Interpol and supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SCEB) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

This year, the congress component of IW 2017 covers key topics such as cybercrime, the future of policing in global cities and identity management between 4 and 6 July. These topics incorporate not only strategic perspectives, but also operational insights shared by local and international experts from the various security domains.

The exhibition component of IW 2017 stretches from 5 to 7 July and features the latest array of solutions for public safety, identity management, biometrics, forensics, investigations and cybercrime. Over 200 companies from 30 countries and regions are showcasing solutions at the exhibition.

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