Welcome-address Martine Vis, Hoofd Recherche Samenwerkings Team (RST), Caribbean Cybercrime Conference, 16 november 2016, Renaissance Hotel Aruba.
Ladies, gentleman, also on my behalf welcome to the first Caribbean cybercrime conference!
I am really grateful that you all managed to come to Aruba to attend this conference.
Knowing the reliability of our local airlines I can assure all off you that getting here is a challenge already.
I was not able to make it myself due to long delays yesterday. Therefor I am addressing you in a virtual way, something suitable for a Cyber Crime Conference.
As head of the Special Police Task Force I am really proud we managed to organize this conference. Together with the prosecutor General’s Office, Data expert and many others we were able to put together a very interesting end full program were many topics will be addressed by excellent speakers
Information technology has become an integrated part of our modern society. We can’t imagine a world without information technology. We are all online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our computers, our smartphone, the internet I can’t even function normally without those pieces of technology. And I am sure I am not the only one.
But not only do we rely on those devices.
There is nowadays also information technology in our cars, the equipment in our homes, most companies totally rely on information technology. To monitor, to produce, for security reasons, to communicate for their logistics.
Our society can’t function any more without technology.
Police work is, by nature, always embedded is in the middle of society.
Therefore, Information Technology has become an integrated part of police work.
Not only for experts, also detectives and uniformed officers need to have a basic knowledge of information technology and law enforcement.
A police organization that has no interest or attention for Information Technology and Cybercrime is a police organization without a future.
We can’t ignore it. It’s there and will only become an increasingly more important part of our lives. It is challenging as well and opens all kinds of new opportunity’s, also of law enforcement.
Who would have imagined 25 years ago the opportunities and challenges our modern smartphone’s? Those tiny computers that have a GPS tracking us 24/7, more 1000 times more storage than my first commodore 64 computer, which was actually a great device. Those little smartphones in a way monitor everything we do. Even if, which I know many law enforcement people do, try to leave as little digital footprints. It seems impossible to leave nog digital footprints at all.
Not for us, not for criminals or terrorist…..
And that’s what digital experts in law enforcement are looking for. Digital footprints……
Information technology really changed our world:
distance is virtually gone: we don’t know where in the world the server or service we are using is hosted: what does that mean for law enforcement and jurisdiction?
time is relative: data and funds are transferred faster than we can imagine; can we cope with those developments?
numbers are infinite: the amount of data we use is incredibly large, what does that mean for privacy? In which way do acts by “anonymous” effect the stability of our governmental systems?
virtual reality has come into our living rooms: the internet of things brought us a thinking fridge, a light and heating that can be monitored and controlled remotely, online gaming and dating: do we really control our environment and are we sure our virtual friend is who he claims to be?
But we have become increasingly vulnerable
Technology in our care has many benefits. To the consumer and for digital experts in law enforcement who are able to extract all car date from modern cars.
But what is a criminal hacks into your car and takes over the car management?
Same for the possibilities for remote monitoring van industrial systems. Great for the workforce, but what if criminals hack into our electricity or water utilities?
Airplanes, nuclear plants, banks……
Criminals do take advantage of this vulnerability: online fraud, threats over social media, child-porn, d-dos attacks, hacking, malware or even terrorism.
And we don’t know exactly what is coming.
What if the use of technology in the medical world develops even more than it has already right now? Will we see murders committed by hacking in someone’s pacemakers or other life support devices?
What if a robot, or self-driving car causes a traffic accident, who is responsible, the programmer? The technician? What kind of investigation skills do we need to solve this?
It requires special knowledge and expertise of our police officers and public prosecutors.
But most of all: a different mindset.
Cybercrime is not only for nerds or experts.
Everyone in law enforcement needs to have a basic knowledge about it.
We need to be innovative, we need to be able to adapt, be fast, and we have to understand where this is all going…..
Cyber has to become part of our daily police-work.
Uniformed-cops, the officers that take statements of victims, investigators, and last but not least the managers. Leadership has to be able to understand what is going on in the digital and virtual world to be able to make the strategic decisions.
Today we are together here on the first Caribbean Cyber Conference to talk about the challenges and opportunities for law enforcement.
About the future and about what is happing right now.
I am impressed to see that so many of you made it to Aruba to be here today. I did not manage to get there, due to enormous delays by Insel Air. But all of you being there together convinces me even more that Information technology and Cyber Crime are important topics.
It is our duty as law enforcement professionals to deepen our knowledge in this field and to strengthen the cooperation. Between agencies, between countries between the cyber business and the government. We have to do this together.
That is way it is so important have this conference today to discuss all those different topics.
I sincerely hope the first Caribbean Cyber Conference contributes to the awareness and knowledge of cybercrime as well as the establishment of a network of professionals in this field.
I am very sorry I could not be physically present in Aruba and wish you all a very useful and interesting conference.
Bron: Openbaar Ministerie