The forming of professional research networks and the sharing of information between projects and organisations is a fundamental prerequisite in tacking cybercrime. Indeed, it is well recognised that the sharing of information about cyber threats between both companies that have been targeted within specific industry sectors, and between those providers that specialise in delivering cyber security, is essential to the development of robust and effective cyber protection.
Within the E-CRIME project our consortium members sought to foster such external information and knowledge exchanges, both with other EU projects that are focussing on cyber crime and cyber protection, as well as with bodies and organisations beyond the scope of EU research. Below we have provided brief descriptions of these information exchanges:
Exchanges with other EU projects
28 September 2016, Marseilles, France: Together with the EKSISTENZ project, E-CRIME hosted a workshop at the World e-ID Conference on the structure and content of a future observatory of identity practices.
30 May 2016, Lausanne, Switzerland: During the ECRIME workshop on validating the opportunities with stakeholders for deterring and combating cyber crime across multiple sectors, presentations and insights were also shared by the EKSISTENZ project as well as the results of the COURAGE project.
25 January 2016, Den Haag, Netherland: At the ECRIME validation workshop for the economic model and industry assessments, ECRIME invited a number of related EU projects to present their research and discuss how the findings of each project could be utilised by both the other research groups and the stakeholders from industry who were attending the workshop. These projects were: EVIDENCE, EKSISTENZ, CyberRoad and DOGANA.
27 November 2015, Madrid, Spain: During a meeting of the EKSISTENZ project technical board, the ECRIME project was presented and potential avenues for collaboration were discussed and planned. This interaction has let to both ECRIME and EKSISTENZ working together to co-present workshops and findings across both sets of stakeholders.
19-20 January 2015, Rome, Italy: During the two day E-CRIME validation workshop in Rome we invited numerous EU research projects to present to the industry experts we had assembled. Twelve presentation were conducted during the Day One of the workshop from projects including: SICH, CAMINO, FACIES, SECONOMICS, and SNAPSHOT amongst others. We focussed on including projects whose research scope synergised with our E-CRIME project. The success of this exercise was immediate, as evidenced by the interactions and discussions which ensued between the different research groups and the workshop invitees.
Exchanges with third parties
During the course of the project, the ECRIME consortium partners have engaged in a consistent and intense programme of knowledge exchanges with parties, not just from within Europe, but on a global basis. These exchanges have primarily been targeted at industry, government, law enforcement and academia. We have provided here a small selection of these ‘third party’ exchanges.
1-3 October 2014, Singapore, Singapore: 2nd INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference. As part of this event, E-CRIME’s Caroline Goemans-Dorny from INTERPOL participated in the “Court trial” panel discussion and made a general presentation of ongoing EU-FP7 projects in which INTERPOL is a full partner, with a special focus on E-Crime.
10 October 2014, Geneva, Switzerland: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) hosted a major international conference entitled “Cyberspace, Energy & Development: Protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure”. This conference was organized by the EnergyPact Foundation and supported by the International Atomic energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). Among the invited expert speakers were Professor Solange Ghernaouti of the University of Lausanne and Professor Tim Watson of the University of Warwick. They contributed comments on how and why critical infrastructures are potential targets of cybercrime, and discussed how preventive measures can be designed and implemented. The E-CRIME project was mentioned as an example of concrete actions being undertaken to address the issue of cybercrime and improve security for citizens.
7 November 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland: Professor Solange Ghernaouti of the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group (SCARG) hosted a conference entitled “Lutte contre la cybercriminalité: de la recherche scientifique à la réalité du terrain – regards croisés de scientifiques et de praticiens” – “The fight against cybercriminality: from scientific research to the reality on the ground – different perspectives from scientists and practitioners” – at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. This conference was held to promote the E-CRIME project in Switzerland and to increase the awareness of the local community of the importance of mastering cybercrime issues. Around 100 people, including members of the local and French gendarmerie, students at the University of Lausanne, and interested members of the public, attended the conference.
15-17 April 2015, Singapore: During this institutional INTERPOL Regional conference, the Assistant Director of Data Protection and Programmes Sub-Directorate made a presentation on the ongoing EU projects with a specific focus on E-CRIME. Thanks to this intervention, the E-CRIME project received outreach among the law enforcement community beyond the EU.
16-17 April 2015, Den Haag, Netherlands: Representatives from University of Groningen and Warwick University were present at the Global Conference on Cyberspace where they participated in specialist networking events to disseminate the E-CRIME projec. This Conference was attended by around 1,000 people.
4 December 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland: The E-CRIME partner, University of Lausanne, organised a conference entitled Impacts économiques de la cybercriminalité, opened by the Minister for Justice and Police Affairs of the Vaud’s Canton. This event was attended by 120 people.
3-4 February 2016, New Dehli, India: Solange Ghernaouti presented at the Observer Research Foundation and the Indian Institute of Technology, publicising the work of E-CRIME to new audiences.
20 April 2016, London, United Kingdom: As part of Forensics Europe Expo (held as an internal conference within the Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016), Bil Hallaq from Warwick University and Timothy Mitchener-Nissen from Trilateral Research Ltd presented “E-CRIME – Utilising cyber crime journey mapping to aid in the identification and deployment of countermeasures” to a diverse audience of practitioners within forensics, industry, law enforcement and government. The Security & Counter Terror Expo was attended by over 8,000 people.
07-08 July 2016, Munich, Germany: Members of the E-CRIME consortium presented their research at the 15th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. This conference aptly highlights the diminishing barrier between ‘traditional cyber criminals’ and the activities of cyber criminals as state-actors.