Every police authority in Europe works with its own methods, which hampers collaboration when it comes to cross-border cybercrime. In conjunction with EUROPOL and CEPOL , work is now underway to standardize cyber cop training across Europe.
Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, a permanent representative of the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group ( ECTEG ) since 2008, is heavily involved in the project, known as SENTER (Strengthening European Network Centers of Excellence in Cybercrime) and funded by the European Commission with €1,976,848.89.
As part of SENTER, several scientists are working to develop a competence matrix to consolidate the necessary skills for all professions in the European law enforcement authorities active in the field of cybercrime: from first attending officer and IT forensic expert through Chief of Police.
The skill management portal, scheduled to be completed by summer 2018, acts as a personal trainer: Cyber cops enter their main activities and the related training and further training they’ve done. Where the application identifies any training they need to do, it suggests customized online training.