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Cybercrime Investigation – developing and disseminating an accredited international training programme for the future

Some 60 law enforcement officers attended 3 pilot training courses on cybercrime, with a further 20 officers receiving a Masters Degree in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from University College Dublin.

Project dates 01/11/2008 - 31/10/2011
Total budget€2 146 966
EU contribution88%
Project CoordinatorAn Garda Síochána – National Police Service (Ireland)
Project partners
  • National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) (United Kingdom)
  • LAFP, North Rhine Westphalia (State Bureau for police training) (Germany)
Associate partners
  • Criminal Intelligence Service, High Tech Crime Unit (Austria)
  • High Tech Crime Centre, National Police (Denmark)
  • National Bureau of Investigation (Finland)
  • Gendarmerie Nationale, Cybercrime Division (France)
  • Ministry of the Interior, Forensic Departement (Republic of Macedonia)
  • Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation, University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Forensic Laboratory High Tech Crime, State Police (Italy)
  • International Affairs Unit, State Police (Latvia)
  • Lithuanian Police, Forensic Science Centre (Lithuania)
  • Cyber Crime Unit (Malta)
  • Police Academy (The Netherlands)
  • EPJ – Judiciary Police School Police Academy (Portugal)
  • High Tech Crime Unit, Police (Spain)
  • Civil Guard, Counter Terrorism Unit (Spain)
  • Turkish National Police (Turkey)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (United Kingdom)
  • United States Secret Service (USA)
  • United Nations, Focal Point on Cyber Crime (Austria)
  • CEPOL – European Police College (United Kingdom)
  • Interpol High Tech Crime Unit (France)
  • Microsoft Corporation, Redmond (USA)
  • eBay, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Europol (The Netherlands)
  • Université de technologie de Troyes (France)
  • Federal & Judicial Police, Federal Computer Crime Unit (Belgium)
  • Technology Risk Limited (United Kingdom)

Project Description

The Cybercrime Investigation project furthered the work of the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG) in developing and delivering solutions for law enforcement staff from EU countries and applicant countries. The training offered an opportunity to receive a formal qualification – university accredited training and education – designed to enhance skills for combating cybercrime.

Benefits and results

The project developed and delivered three new courses on malware investigations, forensic scripting, and live data forensics. Some 60 staff from EU law enforcement agencies’ cybercrime units attended the pilot of the new courses.

A further 20 law enforcement officers from EU countries’ cybercrime units were awarded a full Masters Degree in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from the University College Dublin. Course material developed during the project is freely available to law enforcement units through ECTEG.

In addition to gaining knowledge, skills and formal qualifications, the participants now belong to a community network that provides a platform for technical and investigative support.

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