Information about Special Interest Groups

A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where mem-bers cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize conferences.


The mission of the T/L SIG is to further the interests of the digital forensics commu-nity of the NETWORK.
Hence, the objectives of the T/L SIG are as following:

  1. To work on calls for new projects (i.e. General Data Protection, Horizon 2020).
  2. To set skills and rolls considering the needs of the individual countries.
  3. To prioritize skills not covered by existing trainings.
  4. To find niches in which the group can work on to exist.
  5. To research about didactical concepts and create training content.
  6. To develop a trainer network for exchanging material, expertise and tools.
  7. To create a pool of trainers.

The mission of the DF SIG is to further the interests of the digital forensics commu-nity of the NETWORK.
Hence, the objectives of the DF SIG are as following:

  1. To share information (e.g. latest forensic trends, software, methodologies and standards) among the members of the DF SIG.
  2. To provide collaboration infrastructure for academia, law enforcement agen-cies (LEA) and industry.
  3. To improve the efficiency of the academia-LEA-industry ecosystem.
  4. To function as an advice network (opportunities, policy) for the members of the DF SIG.
  5. To co-ordinate the development of tool software verification “standards”.
  6. To debate and further develop “basic” research ideas from LEA.
  7. To define and maintain a Research & Development roadmap for the Digital Forensic domain.
  8. To promote Master/PhD projects targeted at DF SIG areas of interest.
  9. To assemble expertise in the field of digital forensics.
  10. To develop a culture of sharing.
  11. To promote ethical values.

Due to changing crime patterns, fading borders and national competences, fast and new appearance of new generation crimes or use of old crimes in new geographical zones is observed. Currently there is a potential gap in knowledge related to its appearance, the modus operandi and in numbers. Technology is undisputable the game changer and profitable to be used in fight against crime and prevention. New level of understanding, forecasting, recognizing can be done via OSINT technologies in Pan European approach. Following LEA experience, operations in the field of organized and serious international crime can be significant supported by OSINT tools and methodologies. Dealing with organized and serious crime groups requires dedicated monitoring, analytical and criminal intelligence sharing capabilities.

OSINT technologies can be applied in the area by:

  • Picking up the first signals of organized crimes by actual monitoring of open sources. Twitter and other source would hold more information because mobile crimes are mostly not reported.
  • Providing more detailed descriptions of the criminals, working methods, transport means and the gained value
  • Mapping circumstances under which crimes were committed providing intelligence for prevention and alerts
  • Expanding description of criminals by collating open source information with closed sources
  • Extending awareness about additional suspects
  • Enabling LEA take proactive measures based on the first signals
  • Providing EU intelligence picture much faster as open sources are not constricted to borders.

The aim of OSINT SIG’s is to become a unit having competence, understanding, knowledge in OSINT domain and performing most of following activities:

  • Constantly processing new knowledge and practice discovery and capture;
  • Consolidating the knowledge, actualities and trends in both ways national->international and international->national.
  • Supporting end-user needs;
  • Delivering professional competence development and renewal;
  • Delivering professional certification;
  • Acting as hub for various R&D, R&I, I&T institutions, clusters, science departments, universities;
  • Acting as lab for tools & methods development, prototyping, piloting, testing, validation and certification.

Expert representation in EU working groups, advisory boards, networks nationally and internationally;

  • Assuring contingency, maintenance and long term integrity of activities in the domain.
  • Initiation, facilitation and development of new ideas and projects.

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