Over the past few years we have witnessed the creation of several national Centers of Excellence (CoEs) in the area of cybercrime all over Europe. Despite some of the CoEs’ significant achievements, frequently praised in public media as well as in scientific fora, most of the Centers have been operating mainly in isolation of each other, have been pursuing different goals, and have frequently resulted in duplication of effort.
To overcome this fragmentation of resources, SENTER pulled the national Centers of Excellence together and created a Network of the Centers of Excellence in the area of cybercrime research, training, and education. Having (i) a close relationship with the national Law Enforcement Agencies, (ii) vast experience in development of training courses related to cybersecurity and cybercrime, and (iii) access to high quality R&D infrastructures, the Network is in the best position to provide new training methods/techniques and expertise.
The key objectives of SENTER are:
- To create a single point of Reference for European Commission in the area of Cybercrime.
- To provide a sustainable international cross-organizational partnership by establishment of international collaboration model
- To optimize the efforts of existing national centers and avoid fragmentation and duplication of work by establishment of interest groups
- To create a community of the national centers in the area of cybercrime research training and education, a community that will set its objectives, its common activities, its common goals
- To facilitate the transfer and adoption of best practices from leading countries to other countries in order to minimized the competence gaps
- To increase the awareness on the international level of the newest scientific and educational achievements in the selected domains (computer forensics, network forensics, mobile forensics, etc) and to speed-up the process of scientific achievements productization and time-to end-user usage.
- To establish the collection of best practices and lessons learned from all CoE project that can be reused in future CoE national and international projects, and bringing better value/costs of new centres establishment.
- To define and pilot business model that could be used in resource-limited member states and EU regions.
- To pilot the joint development of training programs and common international trainers groups establishment for the selected competence areas.
- To establish cross continental/regional (USA, Latin, Asia, Africa, Australia) partnership with other Networks of similar nature;
- To create long term partnership and collaboration model with related EU agencies.
Having mobilized the European Cybercrime Centers of Excellence, SENTER is by definition a project with a wide European base and with ambitious European goals. From Greece to Lithuania and from Spain to Poland, National centers of Excellence in Cybercrime will join their activities in order to collectively improve their work: by reducing fragmentation, by avoiding duplication, by sharing experience by sharing resources. The collaborating centers will align their agendas, will expose and elaborate on their areas of expertise, will create a common portal, a common identity, and above all: a joint community: a community with clear European identity so that individual centers break through the barriers of their Member States to benefit from and have impact on the wider European family. The network will create joint Internet Groups in a few highly-focused and carefully-selected areas: Network Forensics, Computer Forensics, Open Source Intelligence. In these Groups different Member States will be able to collaborate, exchange ideas, plan common activities, exchange staff, test prototypes. In this way the network will be much more than the sum of its parts: it will create expertise which would not have been created otherwise.
The network, however, will not cater only to its current members. To spread the impact to the rest of the Member States, the network will establish best practices, guides for new centers of Excellence; centers in Countries which do not yet have such a center, but which would like to create one; and would like to benefit from previous experiences.
All in all, the network will create the pathways so that the expertise will roll from one member state to another and eventually to all the rest of the Member States over Europe.
SENTER is a joint effort of the Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE), the Ekonomines konsulatcijos ir tyrimai (EKT), the Masaryk University (MU), the KU Leuven (KUL), the French Cybercrime centre of Excellence (CECyF), the Tallinn University of Technology (TTU), the University of Applied Science Albstadt-Sigmaringen (UASAS), the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (ICI), the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), and the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI).