Research - Centre of Excellence Bulgaria

The exchange of strategic and threat intelligence and good practices is crucial for law enforcement in building successful investigations leading at dismantling the existing criminal groups. In this regard we are looking at creating an early warning systemfor detecting and addressing cyber threats - that is brining together law enforcement, industry, academia, government, and international organizations in working together in order to create an effective mechanisms for the exchange of information and preventing crime from happening. We will achieve this by conducting first needs assessment and determining the current online threats on one hand and also determining the industry's need for the fast share of information with the purpose to prevent crime from happening. Based on the needs assessment we will then look in developing the center's concept, strategy and action plan together with industry partners. After the completion of the two researches we will conduct a public event in order to make public the initiative and attract new industry members to join the network.

Activity 8: Market Research

Research the market to identify interested partners to take part, contribute and benefit in building the network for the early warning system. This activity aims to build a network of strong public-private partnerships for the prevention of cybercrime. One meeting with business representatives and academic structures will be held in Sofia.

Activity 9: Needs Assessment

Conducting a needs assessment about the current online threats and tendencies with the support of outside experts, industry and University representatives and resources. The needs assessment will be conducted through a questionnaire defined and developed by the partner organizations. To investigate latest cyber threats and assess the need of industry in preventing those threats and how they are affecting the business and the economy. Two meetings will be held in Sofia with total number of participants 21. The results from the need assessment will be published and disseminated.

Activity 10: Early Warning System

Brainstorming sessions among partners to develop the concept for the early warning system with the aim to protect the interests of our network partners and to collaborate with the existing European institutions to prevent and combat cybercrime. 2 meetings with business representatives will be held in Sofia. Total number of participants: 21. One meeting in other EU country will be held.

Activity 11: Develop Strategy

Developing a long term strategy and action plan for the early warning system. The conditions for a sustainable development of the early warning system will be created. 2 meetings will be held in Sofia with total number of participants 21. The strategy and action plan will be published and disseminated.

Activity 12: Forum Event

Organizing a forum among senior representatives of the network partners together with representatives from EU institutions such as ENISA, Europol, and European Commission in order to present the long term strategy and action plan of the early warning system. The forum will be held in Sofia. Total number of participants: 70.