EU cyber crime taskforce to pilot in September

The National Cyber Crime Unit deputy head, Andy Archibald, will soon chair a specialist task force in the Netherlands-based European Cybercrime Centre.

Just days after the National Crime Agency played a pivotal role in taking down the toxic Shylock Trojan, the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce will undergo a six-month pilot from 1st September.

The European Cybercrime Task Force is composed of bosses from various cyber security units in each EU member state, in addition to individuals from the European Commission, Eurojust, and Europol.

The European Cyber Crime Centre head of operations, Paul Gillen, said that the scheme is being treated as an exercise in education. He told

“We’re pushing an open door, the cyber-crime investigation community agree that this is the only way they can work. We will have to suck it and see.

“We will have some success and some failures along the way, but we must work together if we are to make the internet a safe place.”

If the pilot scheme succeeds, the long-term goal would potentially be to welcome investigators representing each of the 28 member states of the UE.

Cyber crime is clearly being treated more seriously both in the UK and in Europe. British businesses, however, can begin to take more action now without relying solely on central organisations to help and advise them. By opening up information security vacancies, they will vastly improve their chances of fighting the next threat making the rounds through the UK – and any attempt to compromise their systems.

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