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Cyber cop training to be standardized across Europe

Cybercrime poses a multitude of challenges for investigators. Yet, the relevant training in each EU country focuses on different challenges. A portal for Europe-wide knowledge transfer is currently being developed in Albstadt-Sigmaringen.

03 Nov. 2017
Source: SENTER Project

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.