Inaugural Interpol World Forum focuses on innovation for global security

Interpol World 2015 runs from 14-16 April

Interpol World 2015 runs from 14-16 April

Fostering innovation to meet global security challenges is the focus of the first Interpol World Forum which opened today in Singapore. Comprising an Expo and a Congress, the three-day event aims to create a platform for the security industry, law enforcement and Government agencies alike such that they might develop closer partnerships and innovative security initiatives.

Singapore’s Second Minister for Home Affairs, S Iswaran, opened the Congress by highlighting the role of continuous innovation and close partnerships against crime.

“Criminals and terrorists are taking advantage of advancements in technology, globalisation and rapid urbanisation,” explained Iswaran. “This has ushered-in a new wave of threats that can destabilise both global and local security. There is thus an urgent need for law enforcement agencies to leverage the latest technologies and adopt innovation as a key enabler of policing work. Innovation in policing methods and tools is the key to ensuring that law enforcement agencies stay ahead of the criminals and, ultimately, triumph in that quest.”

Interpol’s President Mireille Ballestrazzi stated that a collective response was necessary to counter terrorism and the illicit activities of increasingly well-structured criminal networks threatening individuals, businesses, administrations, law enforcement and Governments.

“Interpol World provides a unique opportunity to mobilise countries, international and regional organisations, as well as public and private sector partners, by sharing expertise and experiences and thereby identifying and developing innovative initiatives against global security challenges,” said President Ballestrazzi.

Describing Interpol World as a unique forum shaping innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships between law enforcement and industry, Interpol’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock underlined the need for law enforcement to keep pace with technological developments.

“Technology will continue to create security challenges going forward, despite making our lives easier and safer and industries more profitable,” outlined Secretary General Stock. “At the same time, criminals will continue to find and exploit loopholes for their benefit and innovate in a bid to achieve their goals.”

Secretary General Stock added: “Interpol World is the extra step that physically brings together in one place the innovation of industry and the experience of law enforcement. By drawing on this synergy, this event will help to identify risks and vulnerabilities in new and emerging technology before they become tangible threats.”

Four emerging security challenges

With Interpol World 2015 bringing together more than 8,000 participants, 200 companies from 30 countries and law enforcement from across the globe, its Congress focuses on four emerging security challenges: border management, cyber crime, safe cities and supply chain management.

The event is also attended by Interpol World strategic partners from the private sector, including Microsoft, RSA and Symantec on cyber security, 3M, Entrust Datacard and Securiport on border management, Motorola Solutions and Thales on safe cities and DCTA and SICPA in relation to supply chain security.

With Singapore marking its 50th Anniversary since independence, the inaugural Interpol World, which is set to become a biennial event, is being held alongside the opening of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation and the 22nd Interpol Asian Regional Conference.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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