Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Safety and Security of Networked Information Systems

Sep 8, 2003

Remarks at the Southeastern European Cybersecurity Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria

“Damaging misuse of information technology must be made a criminal offense everywhere. My recommendation here is that you ensure that your legislation effectively covers cybercrime. In this regard, we commend to all member states the example of the laws and procedures in the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention as a model for individual states’ legal regimes. I would ask that your governments consider acceding when, as is expected, the Convention is opened to non-Council of Europe states. But combating cyber attacks requires more than criminalization. We need each other’s help to identify those who are guilty of such acts. That means when cyber attacks are detected and investigations begin, we will all benefit from rules and procedures that facilitate transborder law enforcement cooperation.”

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