This page hosts the copy of the report annouced and published at the Council of Europe Octopus 2009 Conference in Strasbourg. (See bottom of page!)

The 2CENTRE (Cybercrime Centres of Excellence Network for Training Research and Education) study examines the current methods of training law enforcement and industry in IT forensics and cybercrime investigation. It reviews the activities undertaken by members of law enforcement and relevant industry personnel to gain knowledge and skills in an area which currently has a diverse range of levels of professional training, in-house training, cross training and on-the-job learning.

Law enforcement has insufficient training options in IT forensics and cybercrime investigations and in Europe generally rely on courses provided by Europol and/or Interpol. In addition, a number of countries have developed their own law enforcement cybercrime training programmes either alone or in conjunction with academic institutes. Law enforcement has also been provided with and availed of a large number of training courses, seminars, conferences and hands-on training provided by different industry players in locations throughout the world.

Both groups of actors – law enforcement and industry – have arrived at the realisation that ad hoc training provided on request or as part of ongoing but irregular support services do not provide sustainable, scalable, standards based, measureable skills delivering the requirements of the cybercrime forensics investigator today.

In order to continue the development and delivery of effective cybercrime training to law enforcement on an international level, it is necessary for them to partner with learning organisations and industry to create a network to take responsibility for the programmes and academic oversight, and where possible, offer of appropriate academic qualifications.

The conclusion of this review is the immediate need to support and develop Centres of Excellence which provide academically accredited training in a modular format developed in cooperation with law enforcement and industry targeted at the cybercrime forensics investigator or in-house IS security. This may be achieved by creating Centres of excellence that meet certain criteria.

These Centres of Excellence, which can be located throughout Europe and the world, should work together in a Network of Centres of Excellence to ensure minimum duplication of effort, high quality training and research, shared with others in the network to ensure consistency and scalability compatible with cultural and linguistic sensitivity. This will enable the realisation of a sustainable programme of training across international borders leading to certifications and qualifications that accommodate learning in different jurisdictions.

The recommendation of this study is to submit a bid to establish, operate and develop a Cybercrime Centres of Excellence Network for Training, Research and Education (2CENTRE) to the EC funded ISEC programme.

Contact Cormac Callanan for more information.

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