Friday, 17 February 2012 I had the honour to present at the 6th ICT CIP call information day organised by the European Commission, DG Information Society. After the session a gentleman from Romania approached me, because of my presentation.
After we reflected on my presentation and the morning session, he asked me “and what do you think of all cyber threats coming from Romania”? I honestly answered that I did not have any direct doings with cases, but that I met the head of the Cyber Crime Unit twice and that he both times reported on the actual arrests of skimming gangs in Romania. The first time he had coordinated the arrest of a gang on three different locations in Romania only the day before we met. “If he does what he reports on”, I said, “than he and his team are doing quite a good job on battling this problem”. The gentleman looked at me with some surprise, because I mentioned something positive in relation to his country and cyber threats. I also happen to know that Romanian police closely cooperates with foreign enforcement agencies. An example of successful cross-border cooperation. Give credit where it’s due, I think.
As a little, personal anecdote. Until Friday I only met two people from Romania with whom I struck a professional relationship, one has a German name, the other Greek. Multi cultural societies are everywhere.
Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult
Leiderdorp, 20 February 2012