New trends in the fight against electronic crimes
Subject was the theme of FecomercioSP Congress, with support from ETCO
The internet has brought many benefits to citizens, governments and businesses. But many risks too, which require more care on the part of everyone. People, for example, must be more careful when disclosing their personal data on the network; governments need to create and improve legislation and enforcement; companies have to improve security policies to protect their intellectual property and their customers' data.
These were some of the main issues discussed at the VII Congress on Electronic Crimes and Forms of Protection, promoted by the Federation of Commerce of Goods, Services and Tourism of the State of São Paulo (FecomercioSP). The event, held on August 18 and 19, at the headquarters of FecomercioSP, in São Paulo, featured lectures by some of the country's leading internet experts, authorities and representatives of internet security companies. The congress brought together 800 people and was supported by ETCO-Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition.
One of the most debated topics was the protection of personal data made available on the internet. Demi Getschko, president of Ponto BR's Information Center, an entity that contributes to Internet regulation in the country, and Ronaldo Lemos, director of the Rio de Janeiro Institute of Technology and Society, highlighted the importance of creating the Data Protection Law Personal. The draft, which establishes rules on what companies can and cannot do with their customers' information, is currently under public consultation. Through the Internet (at this address) it is possible to read the basic text and make suggestions that could be incorporated into the Bill.
The importance of joining forces
An opinion shared by several speakers is that the fight against digital crimes requires the cooperation of several institutions. As Ronaldo Lemos recalled, many illicit acts are performed by people or sites located outside the country, therefore, outside the scope of Brazilian law. "Brazil needs to sign new judicial cooperation agreements," he said.
The director of the Microsoft Digital Crime Fighting Unit in Brazil, Vanessa Pavilavicius Fonseca, also emphasized the importance of partnerships. "At Microsoft, we have been working on initiatives to improve Internet security for many years," he said. "Our main conclusion is that we don't do anything alone." According to her, the company has already entered into several partnerships in the country, with bodies such as the Federal Police, the Public Ministry and the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban).
Another topic discussed at the Congress was the risks that companies run from having their systems invaded. Several speakers discussed good practices to prevent the theft of valuable data. Craig Moss, Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Responsible Commerce and Entrepreneurship (CREATe.org), drew attention to the common mistake of thinking that the solution basically depends on data protection systems and other IT tools. "You can't solve the problem with technology alone," warned Moss, who attended the event by conference call from the United States. The best approach, he said, involves also creating safer work processes and training people. CREATe.org is a partner of ETCO in the dissemination of good information security practices in Brazil.
Mission of the event
The FecomercioSP congress is the largest event on electronic crimes in Brazil. "Today, the big problem is that you have a colossal advance in technology, but you do not have proportionally the perception of society about the risks of this advance", said Renato Opice Blum, president of the Board of IT Compliance and Digital Education of FecomercioSP. “The mission of the event is to close this gap, promote awareness of the dangers, discuss solutions and share with the public the new trends in the digital world.”
In his assessment, the large companies operating in the country, especially the multinationals, are reasonably protected from electronic crimes. “The biggest problem is with small businesses, which lack the knowledge and culture to face these new challenges.” Opice Blum believes that the fight against digital crimes depends on more effective action by the government. There is an important delay in the adoption of specific public policies, especially in relation to digital education ”, he said. “Regarding the legislature, unfortunately, there is a lack of people specialized in the subject. We should have groups focused on technology, with a greater degree of dedication, more focused and producing results in less time. There is no point in discussing 4, 5, 7 years a law that is obsolete in 1 or 2 years ”.
Opice Blum also highlighted the importance of the partners who helped make the VII Electronic Crimes Congress feasible. "Today, nothing is done without good partners who have the same focus and the same concerns," he said, emphasizing ETCO's support. "The Institute has an important participation in the construction of ethics, legislation and behavior, so it was very important for the congress to count on this partnership".
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