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It acts as a gathering point for European cybercrime investigators, providing them with a collective voice when conversing with private partners, academia and citizens.
Strategy-Prevention-Outreach will give EC3 a privileged position between public and private sectors, which will enable it to have a better measurement of the cybercrime landscape in real time as well as in a strategic and forward-looking scenario design.
EN EN Services The set of services provided by Strategy-Prevention-Outreach can be clustered as follows. For each one of them, it is indicated if it is a new task for Europol or the improvement of an
1. IMPROVEMENT: Perform strategic analysis through production of the EU’s threat assessment on cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation, payment card fraud and related online threats; specialised thematic assessments on emerging trends, criminal methods and facilitators; future-oriented scanning of technological and other external developments, with a view to identifying potential risks, vulnerabilities and key issues for policy makers and legislators.
2. IMPROVEMENT: Ensure cybercrime prevention in cooperation with relevant parties, to promote existing, and contribute to developing, prevention and awareness raising initiatives in the field of cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation, payment card fraud and other online threats; scanning for vulnerabilities and procedural gaps, in order to inform policy and product development which is safer by design.
3. IMPROVEMENT: Establish and maintain trusted relationships within the LE community (EMPACT, CIRCAMP, EUCTF, VGT); manage operational links between the EC3 and the ELO network, ensuring proper communication and engagement; establish of multi-sector trust networks involving LE, industry, academia and civil society organisations, with the aim of improving operational and strategic responses to cybercrime.
4. NEW: Become the collective voice of cybercrime investigators in the EU:
communicate EU views, positions and results in the area of cybercrime; become the EU Central Office for Cybercrime; coordinate EU Member States and EU agencies’ inputs to Internet governance and promote standardisation of approaches and adoption of good practice in the field of cybercrime.
5. NEW: Manage and develop an online collaboration platform (SPACE), which allows an easier exchange and sharing of strategic and technical knowledge and expertise between LE and the private sector in the areas of cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation, and online fraud.
6. NEW: Deliver tailored newsfeeds on emerging criminal trends, technological developments and other relevant information as it develops. These will be informed by active partnership with research institutes, academia and industry partners.
A larger increase of resources will materialize when the legal framework allows better engagement with private parties Resources 2014 (+ 2 AD5 and 1 AD7) = 8 TA Strategy: +1 senior specialist AD7 In order to “broaden in practice the global picture” 1 Senior Strategic Analyst is requested.
Varying significantly from the traditional strategic analysis post at Europol which uses mainly Law Enforcement information, cybercrime information is very often derived from active partnership with bodies such as Academia, scientific researchers and insurance companies, and is used to predict trends and threats of Cybercrime and guide the strategy in this field. For EN EN this reason, this post requires a very different set of competencies to the ones traditionally requested for Europol analysts. The capacity to produce accurate threat assessments and orient the strategy in Cybercrime is a key factor of success for EC3’s activities. Senior level is required to provide guidance within the team to ensure the delivery of coherent and targeted analysis products of an adequate quality level.
Outreach: + 2 specialists AD5 The Council Conclusions also justify the need for staff to implement the necessary outreach and communication activities for EC3. Most of the information on cybercrime comes from sources outside Law Enforcement. If the EC3 has the ambition to be a reference point in this field and provide added value to the operational activities, it is necessary to build strong relations and cooperation with other partners with an interest in cybercrime. To support this activity 1 outreach specialist is required in 2014.
In addition, to facilitate the communication between cybercrime specialists, the Secure Platform for Accredited Cybercrime Experts (SPACE) will have to realise its full potential. 1 specialist is needed in 2014 to manage the content and moderate the platform. Furthermore, this specialist will be involved in the organisation of cybercrime related events, including the annual Interpol/Europol Cybercrime Conference.
2015 (+ 1 AD5 and 1 AD6) = 10 TA Strategy: + 1 senior specialist AD6 Given the complexity and diversity of the cybercrime domain an additional resource is needed to monitor the strategic spectrum and to deliver high-quality, forward looking assessments. A strong focus of this work will be put on prevention with a multi-disciplinary approach that includes all relevant partners, both at policy and operational level. To cover this area 1 senior specialist AD7 is required.
Outreach: + 1 specialist AD5 An additional specialist will be hired to augment the scope of the EC3 outreach activities whilst the centre will be at cruising speed. The work of this specialist will not only include the relationship management with private and public partners, but also the pro-active provision of information as input for the communication to internal and various external audiences based on the work done and experience gained in EC3.
2016-2019: (+ 2 AD5) = 12 TA The additional staff will improve the quality and the delivery rate of strategic analysis products. They will also support the improvement of the outreach activities of the centre.
5. MANAGEMENT There will be only two additional TAs between 2014 and 2019. One post is the replacement of an AD12 position provided by Europol to manage the centre.
The other one corresponds of a set of new task linked to the strategic activities of the EC3:
– NEW: chairing and coordinating the EC3 programme board activities – NEW: managing the advisory groups created in the framework of the EC3 programme board – NEW: providing coordination and secretariat to CIRCAMP, VGT, EUCTF, EFC, ECTEG