This meeting aims to inform participants of cybercrime prevention good practices, to discuss methods of improving information sharing, and to examine methods of strengthening relationship between academic and commercial sectors.
The Annual Police Experts Meeting is organised in accordance with Ministerial Council Decision No 9, adopted in Bucharest in December 2001, which calls on the OSCE to convene, as appropriate and preferably annually, meetings of police experts from OSCE participating States and representatives of other relevant specialized international and regional organisations.
Cybercrime is the topic under consideration for the 2012 APEM because cybercrime has become a significant transnational threat. According to Interpol, 80 percent of crime committed on the internet is now connected to organised international gangs and the global estimated cost of cybercrime is more than that of cocaine, heroin and marijuana trafficking put together. A recent study by Symantec indicated that every second 14 adults become a victim of cybercrime, resulting in more than one million cybercrime victims per day.
This year's Annual Police Experts' Meeting will be a follow-up to a Police Experts Meeting that was held in 2008 on "Fighting the Threat of Cybercrime". As a result of that meeting the following are some of the areas identified as requiring action:
The 2012 meeting will examine some of the recommendations identified in 2008 - prevention, exchange of information and improving cooperation between Law Enforcement Agencies and the Academic and the Commercial Sectors.
During the meeting, simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.