Governments should develop specific strategies to combat cybercrime

Nairobi, 28.09.2011 In order to address the growing threat of cybercrime, governments should develop specific strategies aimed at strengthening the rule of law and human rights on the Internet, and thus protect people and their rights.

This was the main message of the workshop on cybercrime strategies organised by the Council of Europe at the Kenya IGF. Markko Künnapu (Estonia), Zahid Jamil (Pakistan), Jayantha Fernando (Sri Lanka), Christopher Painter (USA), Joseph Tabone (COMNET), Andrew Cushman (Microsoft) and Bill Smith (Paypal) as well as some 90 participants discussed cybercrime and cybersecurity as different but complementary concepts.

Many countries have adopted cybersecurity strategies aimed at the protection of information and communication technologies. Few countries have however designed specific cybercrime strategies that not only address attacks against but also offences using computers and the question of electronic evidence in relation to any crime.

Discussants agreed that cybercrime strategies should provide safeguards limiting law enforcement powers, and should focus on legislation, institution building measures and cooperation. The Budapest Convention should not only serve as a guideline for legislation and a framework for international cooperation, but also as catalyst for technical assistance.

The Council of Europe was encouraged to continue this discussion on cybercrime strategies at the forthcoming Octopus conference (Strasbourg, 21-23 November 2011).