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Cloud computing model could help fight cyber crime

Simon Quicke
Trend Micro has moved quickly to throw its weight behind efforts to stamp out web-based crime just weeks after the London Cyberspace conference and days after the government indicated its own intelligence agency GCHQ will work with vendors.

The vendor is planning to help establish a "global cyber nation" to help co-ordinate the fight against crime at an event being held in Washington DC tomorrow.

As one of those signed up to the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), which is chaired by the MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett, the event tomorrow is designed to build on the momentum of recent calls for a crackdown on cyber crime and improve the level of intelligence sharing between all those keen to combat criminal activity.

"The protection of the global cyber nation needs to look a lot more like the cloud computing model - interconnected at every level, cross-boundary, perimeterless. This gives each member country a powerful, broad stake in the defence of the realm as a whole," said John Lyons, CEO at ICSPA.

The timing of the event coincides with the busiest time of the year for retail orders online as customers get their presents lined up for Christmas with user confidence in e-commerce and web sites vital.

Blunkett said that the way countries worked together had to change and there was a need to be "more outward looking and less parochial".

"If we are to see a sustainable improvement in our national defensive cyber capability we must help other countries to raise their effectiveness in cyberspace and assist them in a truly collaborative effort," he added.

The UK government has earmarked £650m to fight cybercrime and described it as a major threat to the state. Anthony O'Mara, senior vice president at Trend Micro EMEA, said that local activities were good but more had to be done internationally.

"But we also have to ensure that the fight against cybercrime is truly international - and this is an epic challenge, with many Governments worldwide deploying austerity budgets," he said.

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