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COURAGE — Result In Brief

Project ID: 607949
Funded under: FP7-SECURITY
Country: Italy
Domain: Health, Aquatic resources, Agriculture and Forestry

New EU research agenda for cybercrime and cyberterrorism

A research agenda for Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism (CC/CT) aimed to significantly improve the security of citizens and critical infrastructures and to support crime investigation.
New EU research agenda for cybercrime and cyberterrorism
As societies develop a growing dependence on cyberspace to do business and exchange information, there is also increasing concern among policymakers, businesses and citizens about cybercrime.

Not only is cybercrime costly, but it also places infrastructures, businesses and citizens at risk regarding security, identity and privacy.

COURAGE (Cybercrime and cyberterrOrism (E)Uropean Research AGEnda) is an EU-funded project which took Strategic and comprehensive action against CC/CT. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the work involved researchers in law and regulation sociology and economy, and computer and systems technologies. Bottom-up and top-down methods were combined to identify crucial research topics. A state-of-the-art CC / CT Research Knowledge Repository was created to carry out the assessment and identify research gaps. The approach was focused on users, analytics and semantics and competitive market solutions.

Challenges that were addressed included the speed of technological change, the lack of a clear strategy for best approaches and a lack of common terminology across disciplines. The list of research topics consisted of 12 items that cover a broad range of issues. It included topics such as legitimacy and effectiveness of blocking illegal content, preventing and countering hate speech and other content-related offences that support terrorism, and detection and prevention of computer-related fraud.

A description of different stakeholder roles and an outline of recommended actions for each of the COURAGE research items were included in the COURAGE Research Roadmap. One example involves solution providers in the private sector who have a key role in day-to day operations concerning the end-user and breakthroughs in research and technology. They can offer information on how vulnerabilities affect their systems and software.

Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) also play a vital role because they facilitate the development of practical solutions and recommendations. Academia is responsible for educating the next generation of experts, and other professionals, and developing the teaching curriculum for future generations.

Final results included a book titled ‘Combating Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism - Policies and Management of research’ that contains case studies, explanations of strategic responses and contextual information. The information is particularly useful for policymakers and researchers.

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Subjects

Safety

Keywords

Cyberspace, cybercrime, cyberterrorism, Research Knowledge Repository, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
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