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10 June 2014

Progress of FIDUCIA work in Cybercrime

Research under WP9 “Study on cybercrime-related policies” is focusing on assessing the current state of international and national strategies and policies responding to the new threat of cybercrime.

Specifically, a recent deliverable published by FIDUCIA looks at the increasing need to enhance coordination between national policies and international cooperation to prevent and counter cybercrimes, which are cross-border in nature. The study assesses that while international organizations, such as the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, the UN, and the EU, have achieved success in defining and developing policies for the prevention of cybercrime, problems, such as limited implementation, absence of effective enforcement mechanisms, and a lack of a global agreement on uniform policy, still persist.

What emerges from the FIDUCIA study is that policies vary among national strategies of EU Member States, but there is a focus on increasing cybersecurity, countering cybercrime and on crime prevention/protection policies under strong governmental commitment. Also, it emerges that national policies are increasingly emphasizing a strengthening of institutional capacity to fight cyber crime through the development of special entities, as well as a movement towards more cross-border collaboration. Overall, a review of international and national policies against cybercrime shows a need for stronger coordination and commitment for appropriate global decisions and proactive action on many levels.