(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) International problems require international solutions. As more and more cyber crimes transcend national borders, causing unprecedented damage to governments, businesses and individuals across the globe, Interpol has widened its response.
In a move to protect the world from cyber criminals and e-crime, the organisation will be opening its Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore in 2014. IGCI will support Interpol's 190 member countries better identify criminals linked to digital and cyber security.
The research and innovation centre is, according to a press release, focused on extending its support to all parts of the world, including the Middle East which is home to Oman CERT - the organisation recently named the regional centre for cyber security and is responsible for 21 Arab countries.
As part of its strategy to secure the region's virtual borders, Oman National CERT, ITA Oman and naseba are co-organising the Cyber Defence Summit - Middle East and North Africa. The summit is endorsed by ITU-IMPACT, the largest security alliance with 144 member nations.
Noboru Nakatani, executive director of Interpol, who will be speaking at the summit, said, ''IGCI will have a truly international focus, yet will seek to reinforce national and regional capacity. To do this Interpol needs to work with all stakeholders implicated in cyber security and the Cyber Defence Summit represents an ideal opportunity to interact with key regional stakeholders to discuss and explore the cyber security issues in the region.''
''I believe that both the MENA region and Interpol can learn from each other's experience. By working together and sharing information, we are better able to detect cyber-crime trends and identify the criminals that commit them,'' he added.
Taking place on March 4 and 5 in Muscat, the summit will foster knowledge-sharing and regional collaboration to ensure regional organisations develop a definitive long term plan and a more effective cyber-defence strategy.<