Project 2020 set to investigate global trends in cyber crime

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The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) has announced the launch of a global consultation into cyber crime.

The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) has announced the launch of a global consultation into cyber crime.

Project 2020 will be led by the European law enforcement agency Europol and combine expertise from global law enforcement agencies, (ISC)2, ENISA and cyber security companies McAfee, Atos, Cassidian, Digiware, Core Security and Trend Micro.

Its aim will be to analyse current trends in cyber crime and how they may evolve over the next eight years and beyond. It will also spot emerging trends for cyber attacks.

Project 2020 will deliver information and recommendations that raise awareness amongst governments, businesses and citizens to help them prepare their defences against future threats. It will also deliver policy briefs and whitepapers on evolving threat scenarios, and establish a monitoring mechanism to assist organisations that combat cyber crime.

John Lyons, chief executive of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, said: “During the past 24 months, critical infrastructure in countries around the world has been under daily cyber attack from both organised criminal networks and state-sponsored entities.

“Cyber crime is notoriously difficult to tackle, given the international structure and capabilities of some of the criminal networks we see in operation. It used to be inherently difficult to combine international efforts to fight cyber crime; this project will for the first time, bring together experts globally, with a remit to identify and fix weaknesses in our systems before they come to market.”

Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2, said: “We applaud this opportunity to not only facilitate consultation, but also improve policy development around the world. We will be encouraging contributions from the breadth of our membership who come from government and private business, and will be able to provide insight from the coalface of current practice in the field.”

Dr Victoria Baines, strategic advisor on cyber crime at Europol, will be the director for Project 2020. She said: “Cyber crime evolves as quickly as technology, and technology develops so quickly that the unthinkable becomes the mainstream before we can imagine. Furthermore, criminals today can still surprise us as they move from region to region around the world.

“We have the groups around the table who can make sure this will no longer be the case.”

Anthony O'Mara, head of global business operations at Trend Micro, said that Project 2020 shows that the ICSPA is not just a talking shop, but will challenge business to recognise the need to share beyond their company borders.

“Cyber criminals are by nature difficult to police given the trans-national efforts they undertake to evade detection. We're very pleased to be an active member of the ICSPA working with Europol, governments, industry and business sharing a common goal of sharing knowledge, skills and resources and meeting our company's vision of a world safe for exchanging digital information,” he said.

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