Even after decades of existence, the cyber domain is still unlocking extraordinary potential within societies. Unfortunately, along with this extraordinary potential are equally unbelievable threats. The rise of consumer broadband has greatly increased the power of botnets to launch crippling denial of service (DoS) attacks on servers, infect millions of computers with malware, steal identity data, send out vast quantities of spam, and engage in click fraud and extortion. As a result, botnets are considered a primary security threat of the internet today, threatening businesses and people worldwide.
Cyber security: a team effort
In order to help fight the abuse of the internet, cooperation between different international stakeholders is key. Governments, businesses and the scientific, academic and technical communities are therefore getting together at the GCCS2015 in the focus session: “A secure place for business and people”. In this session key players from law enforcement, prosecution, industry and civil society discuss fastening the security chain together. Risks are shared, solutions offered and roles and responsibilities are discussed.
In preparation for the Global Conference on Cybersecurity (GCCS) 2015, the organisers invited Europol to draft a discussion paper as input for the dedicated parallel session on Cybercrime, Improving international cooperation. As a key instrument of the European Union to support its Member States’ efforts in preventing and combating serious and organised crime and terrorism, Europol has had the opportunity to gain significant experience in international law enforcement cooperation. Moreover, in January 2013 the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) was established within Europol, which also offered the organisation a front-row seat to look at the possibilities and impediments for cross-border cooperation in the particular domain of cybercrime. This paper aims to present the essential factors that Europol considers of relevance to the ability to cooperate effectively across borders. These factors have been divided over the chapters Operational Cooperation and Strategic Cooperation, depending on the kind of cooperation they predominantly affect. A final chapter is dedicated to considerations on Partnerships.
Paper Cybercrime: Improving international cooperation