About the COE’s

International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (B2Centre) (Bulgaria)

B2Centre is a not a legal person. Its main partner is the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy. The International Cyber Investigation Training Academy is a Bulgarian NGO, established at the end of 2009 by leading experts in cybersecurity and combating cybercrime. The academy focuses its activities in three areas – trainings, awareness, and consultancy. The goal of the academy is to improve the qualification of the experts, working in the field of cybersecurity and combating cybercrime, to increase the society awareness of the latest threats and risks by organising conferences, forums, meetings, discussions and to provide reliable consultancy.

B2Centre has been active in:

  • Performing specialized trainings for information security experts and combating cybercrime specialists. It organised the first and only Computer Forensics and Advanced Computer Forensics Trainings for law enforcement experts in Bulgaria – each training module with a two weeks duration. It organises periodically trainings on the following topics:

    o Open Source Intelligence Techniques and How to Hide on the Internet
    o Cybercrime Investigation and Regulatory Compliance
    o Social Media and Mobile Devices
    o Virtual Worlds and Virtual Money (crypto currencies)
    o Introduction to the Latest Cyber Threats
    o Penetration Testing Techniques
    o Internet Fraud and Protection
    o Credit Card Fraud Schemes – Investigation, Prosecution and Protection
    o And other

  • Conducting researches. A Survey on Assessing the Needs to Develop an Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention was conducted. Its goal was to define the main information security threats and problems the organizations in Bulgaria are facing, to examine the methodologies and strategies they are using and to analyze the needs of creating a system for cybercrime prevention. 79 organizations - banks, IT companies, educational establishments, non-banking financial institutions, telecommunication companies, ISPs, FMCG companies took part in the survey. A questionnaire was developed by a working group consisting of representatives of business, Law Enforcement Agencies, prosecutors, judges and academia. It consisted of 38 questions grouped in four categories: general information; security policies and awareness; cyber threats analysis and establishing an early warning system. The survey was conducted from June 5th to July 31st of 2013. The gathered data was analysed by the experts of the working group and presented at a pressconference.
  • Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention. The exchange of strategic and threat intelligence and best practices is crucial for law enforcement in building successful investigations leading at dismantling the existing criminal groups. In this regard based on the needs assessment B2Centre created a Concept and Strategy for Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention.
  • Awareness raising via conducting conferences, forums, meetings, workshops, video clips, brochures, media participations.

More information: http://www.e-crimeacademy.com/ and http://www.b2centre.com/

Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (CNTI) (Cyprus)

The Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (CNTI) is a non-profit, research organization active in programs with future orientation in areas related to human brain-modern technology-social transformation and the repercussions of relevant research for humanity.

More information: http://www.3ce.cy/en/

HOWEST (Belgium)

The Belgian CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
Its Main Partner is the HOWEST University of Applied Science, Applied Computer Science Division.
HOWEST is engaged to establish a Centre of Excellence in Cybercrime for applied Research, Training and Education in Belgium. (B-CCARTE).

The CoEiC has been active in:

A. HOWEST, Applied Computer Science – Computer & Cybercrime Professional:
♣ Unique training from the age of 17 / 18 years
♣ Level: Professional Bachelor Applied Computer Science – 3 years
♣ Technical skills: Web pen testing, Network & system pen testing, Forensic analysis, Social engineering, Cryptography, Biometrics, Malware analysis, Reverse engineering, …
♣ Non-technical skills: IT Governance, Information security management, Risk management, Risk assessment, Privacy rules, IT jurisdiction, Cyber-crime, Mobile security management, Cybersecurity, …
♣ Frameworks: COBIT 5, ISO 27001/2/5, NIST CSF, PTES, ITIL v3, OWASP, SANS, …
♣ Certificates: CEH, Cisco CCNA, VMware, CSX (Cyber Security neXus), Ready for CISSP and CISM
♣ Secure development: Fortify University program, Python, C, C#, PHP, Java, JavaScript, ASP.NET

B. HOWEST is engaged to establish a Centre of Excellence in Cybercrime for applied Research, Training and Education in Belgium (B-CCARTE).
It will provide a platform for coordination and collaboration across disciplines on specific cybercrime and cyber forensics related topics. Together with experts from public sector organisations and industry partners, the academic partner aims to design and teach basic and advanced trainings on specific cybercrime topics, develop and implement awareness initiatives. As such, it will engage in the fight against cybercrime beyond the Belgian borders through the cooperation and exchanges with other Centres of Excellence in Cybercrime in Europe.

C. HOWEST is member of the Cyber Security Coalition in Belgium.
The Cyber Security Coalition was established in 2014 as a partnership between players from the academic world, the public authorities and the private sector, joining forces against cybercrime. HOWEST is a member of the Steering Committee of the Cyber Security Coalition, where it plays an active role in the establishment of education and training material on cybercrime and cyber security.

D. HOWEST, new member of European Cybercrime Training and Education Group E.C.T.E.G is composed of participants from European Union Member States and candidate countries law enforcement agencies, international bodies, academia and private industry.
HOWEST was for the first time present on the meeting of 21 / 22 April 2016 (Europol HQ Den Haag, The Netherlands)

More information: http://www.howest.be/Default.aspx?target=howest&lan=nl&item=316

French Cybercrime centre of Excellence (CECyF) (France)

The French CoEiC is a Non-Profit Company.
It has 33 shareholders from Academia, LEA, Private sector (all sizes) and other Non-Profit Companies.
The Governing Structure comprises a General assembly, an elected board (16 members) and an executive board (president, vice-president, secretary general, treasurer).

The CoEiC has been active in:
¥ Development of training,
¥ Prevention and research, through joint projects
¥ CoE-centreed activities

More information: https://www.cecyf.fr/

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) (Greece)


The Greek Center of Excellence in Cybercrime conducts research, training, and education in the broader area of cybercrime and cybersecurity. It consists of four Partners:
The Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Safenet, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and KEMEA.
The CoEiC has been active in: Training (Judges, LEAs, Judiciary & Civil service), Education (Undergraduate Law Students), and Research.

More information: http://www.cybercc.gr/

International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (ICI) (Bulgaria)

The Bulgarian CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
Its Main Partner is the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (an NGO).

The CoEiC has been active in:
• Performed Computer Forensics and Advanced Computer Forensics Training – each training module is with a two weeks duration and is focused for law enforcement use only.
• Survey on Assessing the Needs to Develop an Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention – link. The survey about the current online threats and tendencies was conducted with the support of external experts, industry and university representatives. A questionnaire that was developed by a working group of representatives from all partner organizations and other external experts was used to collect the necessary information. The goal of the survey was to identify the latest cyber threats and assess the industry needs in preventing those threats and how those threats impacted businesses and the economy.
• Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention. The exchange of strategic and threat intelligence and best practices is crucial for law enforcement in building successful investigations leading at dismantling the existing criminal groups. In this regard based on the needs assessment we created a Concept and Strategy for Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention.
• Video clips, brochures, focus meetings, conferences, media participations.

More information: http://www.e-crimeacademy.com

Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) (Slovenia)


The Slovenian CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
The CoEiC has been active in:
• Training: Digital Security and Digital Forensics.
• Education: Digital Security and Digital Forensics.
• Research
The CoEiC is funded by National & International Projects. The Jozef Stefan Institute (main partner) offers facilities to teach and organise workshops.

More Information: https://www.ijs.si/ijsw/JSI

Masaryk University (MU) (Czech Republic)

The Czech CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
Its Main Partner is the Masaryk University in Brno, Institute of Computer Science.

The CoEiC has been active in:
• Master program focused on Cybersecurity. We are also currently preparing Master program in Law of cybersecurity with NATO, LL.M. in cybersecurity, and doctoral program focused on secure society (incl. cybersecurity)
• We are conducting cybersecurity and cybercrime trainings in our cyber range (www.kypo.cz)
• Research in Digital Forensics and IT Security, and Law of cybersecurity and cybercrime

The CoEiC is funded by National & International Projects, as well as by Training activities and Contract Research.

More information: https://www.muni.cz/en

Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE)(Lithuania)


Back in 2013, founders of L3CE have combined the members from academia and business, and established first national center of excellence in the fields of cybersecurity and fighting cybercrime while at the same time joining the international Cybercrime Centers of Excellence Network for Training Research and Education. This network unites more than ten centers from various countries throughout European Union and enables access for law enforcement agencies to the network’s resources (training programs, forensic tools, and other advanced inventions created by scientists and researchers) which are then employed in cybercrime investigations. Institutions of European Union, Europol, Joint Research Centre, and E.C.T.E.G coordinate the actions of the network and actively promote and maintain scientific programs to enhance public safety.
“L3CE should become the gateway for competence acquisition in the fight against cybercriminals in Lithuania and the whole Baltic region, therefore, Lithuanian and foreign LEAs could use the developed methods and tools”, said Gintas Umbrasas CEO of EKT.
“In the fight against cybercrime cooperation between EU and Lithuanian LEAs is crucial. We must capitalize on the achievements of national governmental institutions, enterprises, and academia, also exchange knowledge and also use best practice from other members of the EU. The emergence of L3CE is a right way towards deeper collaboration between Lithuanian LEAs and science community” said, Stasys Vaitkevičius, Vice-Rector for Development at Mykolas Riomeris University

More information: www.l3ce.eu

SBA Research (Austria)

The Austrian CoEiC (SBA Research) is a Non-Profit Company.
It is the largest research centre in Austria, that exclusively addresses information security. It employs about 100 researchers, specialized in all fields of IT security. It was founded in April 1, 2006.
Its more than 32 shareholders include four universities and more than 25 Austrian companies.

SBA Research has been active in:
• R&D (basic and applied research in information security)
• Education and Training (tertiary education, companies, LEAs)
• Professional services (e.g., penetration testing)
• SBA Accelerator Program for start-ups

SBA Research is recognized by Austrian FFG (Research Promotion Agency) as a Competence Centre for Excellent Technologies (COMET); its research programme is funded under the K1-Centres programme line (2010-2017: SBA2, 2017-2025: SBA-K1). Complementary projects and contracts from competitive calls support further activities (example of funding instruments: EU H2020, FP7, and ECSEL, national FWF, FFG, CDG, and KIRAS).

More information: https://www.sba-research.org

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) (Estonia)

The Estonian CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
Its Main Partner is the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT).

The Main Partner has been active in:
¥ International master's program “Cyber Security and – Forensics”. We do not do regular courses - courses are compiled according to need. The main stakeholder is the Police and Border Guard Board. The primary hindering factors of the courses are financial problems (Stakeholders do not have enough finances).
¥ We carried out a large number of first responder courses in 2013-2014 and the need for new courses has not yet arisen.

More information: https://ttu.ee/en/

University of Applied Science Albstadt-Sigmaringen (ASU) (Germany)


The German CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
It is represented by the University of Applied Sciences of Albstadt-Sigmaringen (UASAS). The CoEiC is a university consortium of 12 universities Federal territory of Germany.
Together with those academic partners in the field of Cybersecurity (and related disciplines), the German CoEiC offers LE training in the German-speaking countries since years. We cultivate well-established relations to several Federal State Offices of Criminal Investigation and Prosecutor Offices, the Federal Police and the German, Suisse and Austrian BKA.
The involved universities have set themselves the goal of developing academic online degree programs in the field of Cybersecurity and Fight against Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism. Our training approach will enable participants/students weather form public authorities or the industry to acquire lasting scientific skills at a high level and gain academic qualifications extra-occupational. Professional skills acquired can be recognized within this qualification approach. The term "open" underlines the opening up of access to academic education without traditional university admission eligibility. Mission of the CoEiC is to train and retrain much needed security experts to strengthen the information society with a secure IT infrastructure in Germany and beyond. In this context close up well-founded academic and applied knowledge is an essential key to counter the growing digital threats. While we are not able to cure systems sufficiently, to design networks safely and to develop software securely, we remain vulnerable to criminal activities.
Thus, the goal of the German CoEiC is to train employees today, particularly in LEA, in order to qualify them to security and data experts and leaders of tomorrow and to ensure that the number and skills of these experts are increasing steadily.
The CoEiC has been active in:

• Preparatory Studies for IT practitioners without traditional university admission eligibility to support for gapless fit regarding the requirements of an academic study
• Several blended-learning Master programs in the context of Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and Data Science
• Blended-learning Bachelor program in IT Security
• Academic Certification program (currently 38 modules with a workload of 5 ECTS each) in the context of Cybercrime, Cybersecurity
• Cybersecurity Skill Framework
• Research in Digital Forensics, IT Security, educational research

The CoEiC is funded by Training revenues and National & International third-party funds.

The German CoEiC is full Framework Partner of CEPOL. We are academic member in ECTEG (EC3@EUROPOL) since 2010.
More information: https://www.open-c3s.de/

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)


The Spanish CoEiC is a Not Legal Person.
It has two Partners: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía and Guardia Civil.

The CoEiC have been active in:
• Training: LEA.
• Education: Master´s Degree in digital evidence and fight against cybercrime.
• R&D: Participation in European Research Projects.
• Dissemination: Seminars, publications, etc.

The CoEiC is funded by International Projects and obtains other resources from the Institute for Forensic and Security Sciences (ICFS) of the UAM and the UAM.

More Information: https://www.uam.es/ss/Satellite/es/home/

2Centre Network (Ireland)


2CENTRE will be promoted throughout the project period with presentations at conferences, seminars and other appropriate occasions and on the project website. A final report will record all the events attended by the project team.
Structure: The Coordination Centre will work with the national centres and interested parties to develop the 2CENTRE structure to include the development of terms of reference and good practice regarding the running of the network.

More Information: http://www.2centre.eu/