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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New cyber crime watchdog

A partnership between European law enforcement agency Europol and a new nonprofit group, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, was initiated to fight international cybercrime. The group will focus on training programs (including accreditation and standards) for law enforcement officials, providing advice and guidance to businesses on securing the Internet, sharing information among enforcement agencies, developing best practices techniques and solutions, and identifying new Internet security threats.

Among the ICSPA group's core founders are Cassidian Systems (an EADS company), Core Security Technologies, McAfee Inc., Shop Direct Group, Transactis, Trend Micro Inc., Visa Europe and Home Delivery Network Ltd.'s Yodel. One of the goals included in the mission statement is to raise money for the crime prevention work from the European Union and several governments around the world – particularly those most concerned with cyber attacks. Former British Home Secretary David Blunkett was appointed ICSPA chairman.

The group promises to "work together to define, coordinate and promote world-class systems of support and sponsorship" to reduce cybercrime damage to businesses and consumers. end of article

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