A landmark visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by top officials from the ICANN provided both international bodies with an opportunity to explore avenues for closer collaboration on Internet security.
With cyber-security, financial & high tech crime high on the agenda, talks between ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble focused on Internet security governance and enhancing common means for preventing and addressing Internet crime.
ICANN and INTERPOL officials have started exploring ways they can collaborate on enhancing Internet security. “The Internet has no borders, and neither do the criminals who exploit it. As the Internet’s role in society continues to increase in scope and importance, it is vital for INTERPOL to help create bridges between the international law enforcement community it represents and ICANN in order to advance Internet security practices for the benefit to all,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble
Noble then cited the points the global coordinator of domain and names and Internet protocol addresses and the international police organisation had in common. “Both organisations are international, both are politically neutral, and both are focused on the good of the world. Both also care about improving the security of the Internet for the future,” he said.
ICANN representatives were similarly optimistic. “We recognise Interpol as an important international leader in this field…We are pleased by its expression of interest in joining the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee as an observer,” said ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom.
Discussions at the meeting, the first of its kind between INTERPOL and ICANN, covered general issues of cyber security, and financial and high tech crime. Beckstrom and Noble particularly homed in on Internet security governance and the enhancement of common means for preventing and addressing Internet crime.
This is a good step in right direction and it would help in bringing some security in the otherwise insecure world of cyberspace.