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[] USA fordert internationale Kooperation gegen Cybercrime,

Auf deutsch: "Tretet der Cybercrime-Konvention des Europarates bei!"

U.S. Talks Cybersecurity at UN Conference

SEPTEMBER 16, 2002

NEW YORK -- The Bush administration took its cybersecurity message to
the world this month, urging increased cooperation on cybercrime
prevention and the ironing out of legal guidelines. 

Speaking here to an audience of 150 diplomats from 22 nations, Paul
Kurtz, senior director for national security for the President's
Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, said that the lessons of Sept.
11 affect the information security realm and that the world must do more
to cooperate and coordinate its anticybercrime efforts. 

"We need to expand sharing of information on watch and warning of
imminent threats," Kurtz told a packed United Nations conference session
at the Global InfoSec 2002 conference. Kurtz called the recent increase
in the prevalence and sophistication of cyberattacks a "case for
action," adding that current statistics indicate that as many as 110,000
serious security incidents will occur by the end of this year. 

"The world's economy is increasingly dependent on IT," said Kurtz. "This
is more than e-commerce and more than e-mail, and it's more than buying
a book online." He added that the "worst-case scenario can happen," with
infrastructure attacks leading to devastating economic consequences. 

While Kurtz underscored the need for a public/private partnership to
provide for the common defense of cyberspace, he also urged the world
community to take action on global legal cooperation. 

"We would like to see countries accede to the Council of Europe treaty
or adopt laws that are similar," Kurtz told attendees. The Council of
Europe Convention on Cybercrime is aimed at developing a common criminal
policy for international crimes committed online. However, the treaty is
nonbinding until individual nations ratify it. 

"International coordination is insufficient," particularly in the realm
of tracking down those responsible for global IT security events, such
as the "I Love You" virus, said Thomas Longstaff, manager of survivable
network technology at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie
Mellon University. 

But Kurtz praised the "culture of security" created by the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group of 30 nations that
has drawn up new guidelines for information and network security
cooperation in the wake of last year's Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

International cooperation could be enhanced with a single point of
contact if other nations were to appoint cybersecurity czars, similar to
the position now held in the U.S. by Richard Clarke, said Kurtz. 

A senior Bush administration official involved in setting technology
policy said that from a legal perspective, it's critical that other
countries adopt laws that are compatible with the Council of Europe
treaty because current agreements have too many loopholes. "Even if we
have a law enforcement cooperation agreement with them, the agreements
might not apply unless there is a violation of their domestic law," said
the administration official, who asked not to be identified.

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