Author Gary Hibberd
Cyber crime and cyber terrorism; Words which will either mean nothing to you or send a shiver down your spine. If it’s the former, I can understand why.
For me it’s like hearing about ‘knife crime’ or ‘gun crime’. These are terms I have (thankfully) very little involvement or knowledge of, and I like it that way! I will happily stay out of areas where ‘knife crime is a problem’ or cities that have a high ‘gun crime rate’. It takes a special kind of person and a lot of courage to ignore advice from the experts when venturing into such places.
So what about cyber crime and cyber terrorism? If you’re one of the people who think these terms mean nothing to you, you’re wrong. Cyber crime affects us all – the way you shop, the information you share online, the information your utility companies hold on you through to the bank charges you receive, cyber crime already has an impact on you, here and now.
But just how much this impacts you and what can be done about it is a topic for discussion and research.
This is why I was pleased to be invited and asked to participate in the cyber crime and cyber terrorism discussion group COuRAGE (Cybercrime and cyberterrOrism EUropean Research AGEnda). The Pan-European group, which is made up of cyber security specialists from academia, business and law enforcement agencies were brought together to identify major challenges and reveal research gaps for cyber crime and cyber terrorism, and recommend practical approaches to address these gaps which will ultimately look to significantly improve the security of citizens and critical infrastructures, and support crime investigators.
12 (not so angry) Cyber Men (and women)
The most recent meeting took place in October in Brussels where twelve of us discussed and debated a wide variety of cyber crime related topics which ranged from discussions on the use of social media, the detection and prevention of computer fraud through to the prevention of cyber crime and cyber terrorism activities which take place over the DarkNet. At times it was a little like the Henry Fonda movie “12 Angry Men” (although we weren’t angry – just passionate – and there were women there too).
Throughout the day impassioned discussions moved through the technical and complex world of security software solutions to the need for greater awareness and education across all aspects of society, from school children to higher education and from business leaders through to the Law Enforcement Agencies.
One comment I particularly enjoyed was during a discussion around the delivery of new methods for crime reduction and prevention, when one of our colleagues warned us that we were trying to take on too much and were in danger of trying to ‘Boil the sea’. A great point, simply put… At times I think we can all be accused of trying to do too much and try to solve all the problems in one go. This just isn’t possible. Trying to ‘boil the sea’ will simply lead to disappointment and ultimately to failure.
Many views were aired, many tools and techniques were debated and at the end of a long day we were all in agreement that COuRAGE is much needed, because there is still so much to understand in our cyber universe.
It is with great pride that I and Agenci can support this (and other) great initiatives that will ultimately lead us to a safer and more secure society. This work is much needed.
Like it or not, we as individuals now exist in two places – the real world and the virtual. Try as you may to escape it, the virtual society is here to stay and you are a part of it and our work is intended to make both the physical and the virtual a safer place to do business and to exist in.
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