Visa and City of London Police to share expertise in global cybercrime project

Knowledge to be pooled between businesses and security agencies

The City of London Police, Visa and Shop Direct Group are some of the organisations that have joined an international consultation into cybercrime called Project 2020.

Project 2020 has been launched by the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) and is led by law enforcement agency Europol. The aim of the study is to analyse current cybercrime trends, identify emerging trends and share the intelligence with project partners and interested security agencies.

Detective chief superintendent Steve Head, head of the economic crime directorate at the City of London Police, said: "Confronting and combating [cybercrime] now and in the future presents one of the most difficult and important challenges of our time and can only succeed by the international community working as one.

"Project 2020 is laying down a blueprint for how this can be achieved and the City of London Police is committed to pooling its own expertise with fellow members to create the systems and policies that will significantly enhance cyber security around the world."

Earlier this year at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, David Willets, minister of state for universities and science, called for businesses to share their experiences of successful and unsuccessful cyber attacks, to raise all companies' awareness about cyber security.

(ISC)2, with its 86,000 members, is the largest membership body of information security professionals globally. The organisation plans to contribute the collective knowledge of its membership base - gathered through online forums and its various programmes - to Project 2020.

Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2, said: "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."

Other organisations taking part in the study include the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the International Association of Public Prosecutors.

IT companies adding their expertise include McAfee, Atos, CGI Canada, Cassidian, Digiware, Core Security and Trend Micro.

"Cybercrime evolves as quickly as technology, and technology develops so quickly that the unthinkable becomes 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," said Dr Victoria Baines, strategic advisor on cybercrime at Europol and project director for Project 2020.

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