By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
More countries are joining a network designed to quickly react to
cybercrime incidents around the world, a senior U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation official said Wednesday.
Fifty-six nations are now part of the 24/7 Network, which means a
country has a computer security official available at all times to help
meet requests for data or preservation of data from another nation, said
Christopher Painter, deputy assistant director of the FBI's
Becoming part of the network is required under the Convention on
Cybercrime, an international treaty that sets a legal model for other
countries to follow when writing anti-cybercrime legislation.
Of 47 countries that are part of the Council of Europe, 24 have ratified
the treaty, and 23 others have signed it but are awaiting their national
legislatures to ratify it. Countries outside the Council are invited to
accede to the treaty, meaning they have national laws in line with the
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