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The Investigative Committee discusses cooperation with American Express to enhance security of bank payment systems

28.04.2018
The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus hosted a meeting, where the committee’s executives and representatives of the Central Investigation Department talked with the American Express delegation (US) headed by Jeffrey Irving, the Vice-President of the company’s Global Security Service.

For reference: The company is well known for its products, such as credit and payment cards, as well as traveler’s checks. American Express is on the list of major global financial companies. The company’s headquarters is in New York (USA).


Alexei Volkov, the First Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus, and Oleg Shandarovich, the Head of the Central Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus, were the ones who received the official delegation from American Express.


During the meeting, the parties discussed the long-lasting successful cooperation of the committee and the American Express company in combating international cybercrime. Jeffrey Irving, the head of the American Express delegation, thanked the executives of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus for the professionalism of the investigation officers from the Department for investigating information security and intellectual property crimes headed by Sergei Gamko. In turn, the committee’s representatives thanked the delegation for quick delivery of information on a continuous basis as required for investigating specific criminal cases.

“Every day, new types of threats and cyberattacks appear. To detect and fight them off efficiently, we need to join together the efforts of law enforcement authorities and business communities in different states,” commented the head of the American Express delegation during the meeting.

Having discussed a number of outstanding issues related to embezzlement from banking accounts and unauthorized access to financial and other confidential data, the delegation members and the committee’s representatives confirmed their mutual intents to keep strengthening bilateral contacts and cooperating under the current national legislation of the two states.

For the guests, the officials from the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus also organized a visit to the State Establishment “High-Tech Park Administration.” In the Belarusian “Silicon Valley,” the delegation learnt about the capacities and the activities of the establishment. During the visit, the High-Tech park executives spoke about Presidential Decree No. 8 “On development of digital economy”, which also caught interest of the American Express delegation.