Law enforcement worldwide should focus on developing an international identity verification system, according to INTERPOL secretary general Ronald K. Noble.

Noble said this during the first INTERPOL Information Security Conference, which is co-hosted by the world police body and Hong Kong Police, and opened on September 15, 2010. The event aims to provide law enforcement representatives, industry leaders and academic experts worldwide a platform to collectively address the issue of information security.

Prevention and detection

About three hundred delegates from over fifty nations have gathered in Hong Kong to attend the three-day international conference (September 15-17). The conference entitled "Global Co-operation today for InfoSec risks tomorrow," is expected to generate creative solution ideas for the timely prevention and detection of high-tech crimes.

At the end of the conference the attendees hope to have answers to stop crimes such as virus attacks and cyber-terrorism as well as key issues relating to personal data management and security and police communications networks.

Crimes such as these are a huge threat to national economies and global security, and Noble in his keynote address said that INTERPOL was ideally placed to co-ordinate against 'the very concrete security threat' of cybercrime.

"Considering the anonymity of cyberspace, cybercrime may in fact be one of the most dangerous criminal threats ever," said Noble. "A vital component in fighting transnational crime must therefore include the policing of information security and the provision of secure communication channels for police worldwide based on common standards."

International information security standards

The world police body has played an active role in developing international information security standards. The effort has been made through the organization's global I-24/7 secure police communications system and INTERPOL's e-ID Smart Card.

The latter has been produced in partnership with Entrust, and this card allows officers from any of INTERPOL's 188 National Central Bureaus to communicate securely from virtually any fixed or mobile location in the world.

"Besides providing a platform to exchange good practices and valuable experiences, the conference will be a great opportunity to understand common threats faced by different regions of the world and to forge partnerships in identifying solutions," said Commissioner of Police, Tang King-shing.