Projects

International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (B2Centre) (Bulgaria)


Empowering Government and Businesses in Addressing Cyber Threats

1Duration: May 2012 - October 2016
2Funding: America for Bulgaria Foundation
3Goals:
The project overall goal is to raise the qualification of the cyber crime and cyber security experts and specialists working with sensitive information and to raise the awareness and Internet culture of the end users.
4Target groups:
• Law enforcement,
• Investigators,
• Prosecutors,
• Judges,
• IT and cybersecurity expert from public and private sector,
• Media representatives,
• Representatives of legislative,
• Executive and judicial authorities,
• End users.
5Description
The project includes the following activities:
- Developing and conducting 48 trainings in the field of cyber security and cyber crime for specialists from different sectors – civil and criminal judges, prosecutors, investigators, National Revenue Agency experts, notaries and IT managers from public administration. Trainings aim to improve the knowledge on latest cyber crime threats and increase of the qualification of participants.
- Conducting meetings with business representatives in order to exchange good practices in counteracting cyber crimes; to discuss the including of business representatives in the training modules and to establish expert councils with participation of business representatives
- Conducting meetings with media representatives in order to imrpove the knowledge of the media representatives in the fields of cyber security and cyber crime and raise the awareness of the end users.
- Development of a first respondents guide “Methodology of Investigation and Prosecution of ICT Crimes” to be used by Bulgarian law enforcement agencies in investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes.
- Developing the Manual “ABC of Cyberthreats”. The manual contains information about the most common used ICT services, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats. It is based on 6 scenarios and include advices how to protect ourselves from threats.
- Conducting a one-day public discussion on regulatory amendments with representatives from the legislative, executive and judicial authorities, business, non-governmental organizations, academia and media to develop a list with suggestions for regulatory amendments and create an framework responding to the modern society needs.
- Development of materials for new training modules:
    • “Open Source Intelligence Techniques and How to Hide on the Internet”;
    • “Cybercrime Investigation; Regulatory Compliance”;
    • “Social Media and Mobile Devices;
    • “Virtual Worlds and Virtual Money (crypto currencies).

COuRAGE (Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism European Research Agenda)

1Duration: May 2014 - April 2016
2Funding: EU 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration
3Partners:
• Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica Spa (Italy) - coordinator,
• International Cyber Investigation Training Academy,
• Sheffield Hallam University (UK),
• United Nations Interregional Crime And Justice Research Institute (Italy),
• Cybercrime Research Institute (Germany),
• Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands),
• Totalforsvarets Forskningsinstitut (Sweden),
• Police And Crime Commissioner For West Yorkshire (UK),
• European Organisation For Security (Belgium),
• Aconite Internet Solutions (Ireland),
• Pawel Walentynowicz (Poland),
• Conceptivity Sarl (Switzerland),
• Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia),
• Selex Es Spa (Italy),
• Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V. (Germany),
• Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant Universiteit Van Tilburg (Netherlands),
• Thales Services Sas
4Goals:
The project aims to significantly improve the security of citizens and critical infrastructures and support crime investigators by delivering a measured, comprehensive, relevant research agenda for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism (CC/CT).
5Target groups:
• Law enforcement,
• Academia,
• Critical infrastructure,
• The telecoms industry,
• Security professionals,
• End users,
• Desicion makers.
6Description
Using the expertise of the consortium partners, advisory board members (14 organisations including EUROPOL, JRC and ERA) and recruited expert stakeholders. COuRAGE produced a research agenda for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism. The research agenda:
 • Identifies the major challenges;
 • Reveals research gaps for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism;
 • Recommends practical research approaches to address these gaps through strategies that are aligned to real-world needs.

The COuRAGE approach is built on three pillars:
 • a user centric methodology, which identifies gaps, challenges and barriers based on real-world needs and experiences;
 • an analytical and semantic approach, which delivers a taxonomy and creates a common understanding of the subject with all stakeholders;
 • a competitive and market oriented approach, which fosters practical implementations of counter-measures using effective test and validation solutions.

Monitoring and Detecting OnLine
Hate Speech (MANDOLA)

1Duration: October 2015 - September 2017
2Funding: Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Commission
3Partners:
• Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece (applicant),
• Aconite Internet Solutions (Ireland),
• International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (Bulgaria),
• Inthemis (France),
• Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain),
• University of Cyprus (Cyprus),
• University of Montpellier 1 (France)
4Goals:
The project aims at improving the public understanding of the prevalence and spread of on-line hate speech and empowering ordinary citizens to monitor and report hate speech. Its objectives are:    -to monitor the spread and penetration of on-line hate-related speech in EU and its Member States using big-data approach, while investigating the possibility to distinguish between the potentially illegal hate-related speech and non-illegal hate-related speech;
   - to provide policy makers with information that can be used to promote policies for mitigating the spread of on-line hate speech;
   - to provide ordinary citizens with useful tools that can help them deal with on-line hate speech irrespective of whether they are bystanders or victims;
   - to transfer best practices among Member States;
   - to set up a reporting infrastructure that will connect concerned citizens with Law Enforcement and appropriate abuse desks and will enable to report illegal hate-related speech.
5Target groups:
• Witnesses of on-line hate speech incidents,
• Policy makers and ordinary Member States citizens.
6Description
The key results of the project include:
• Dashboard for monitoring hate speech
• Reporting portal for reporting hate speech in local hotlines/police in 25 European Countries
• Smartphone app which can enable reporting and raise awareness of online hate speech
• Study on the Definition of Illegal Hatred and Implications
• Framework for the Identification and Analysis of the Legal and Ethical, Privacy Impact Assessment of the MANDOLA outcomes (including recommendations for future developers of the smartphone app and of the monitoring dashboard)
• FAQ document on Responding to on-line hate speech
• Best Practice Guide for Responding to Online Hate Speech for Internet Industry

Web site: http://mandola-project.eu/

Bulgarian Cyber Centre of Excellence for Training Research and Education (B2CENTRE)

1Duration: 15 January 2013 – 15 January 2015
2Funding:Prevention of and Fight against Crime Program of the European Union.
3Partners:
• International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (coordinator),
• General Directorate "Combating Organized Crime”,
• Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation within UCD • • School of Computer Science and Informatics, Dublin (Ireland);
• 2CENTRE (European Centres of Excellence for Research and Education);
• International Agency for Crime Prevention and Security Policies,
Microsoft Bulgaria,
• RSA,
• The security division of EMC and Faculty of Computer Systems and Management of Technical University, Sofia.
4Goals:
The project “Bulgarian Cyber Centre of Excellence for Training Research and Education” aims at creating an effective public-private partnership and becoming a regional platform for bringing together law enforcement, private industry and academia to share information to stop emerging threats and mitigate the existing ones.
5Target groups:
• Law enforcement,
• Investigators combating cybercrime in Bulgaria,
• Prosecutors
• Judges
• Businesses and public institutions.
6Description
The project was implemented in three dimensions:

1. Joining the existing European Centre of Excellence Network for Training Research and Education (www.2centre.eu) and building the Bulgarian Centre of Excellence;

2. Building a network of strong public-private partnerships for prevention of cybercrime to contribute for the creation of an early warning system network. During this activities are developed the Survey on Assessing the Needs to Develop an Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention and the Concept and Strategy for Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention.

- The Survey on Assessing the Needs to Develop an Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention is the first of its kind conducted in Bulgaria. 79 organizations - banks, IT companies, educational establishments, non-banking financial institutions, telecommunication companies, ISPs, FMCG companies took part in it.

- The Concept and Strategy for Early Warning System for Cybercrime Detection and Prevention is based on the needs assessment. It brings together law enforcement, industry, academia, government, and international organizations in working together in order to create an effective mechanism for the exchanging information and to prevent crimes from happening. The early warning system aims to provide a real time expertise from key partner organizations and state authorities to prevent and manage cyber incidents. The advantage for business organizations is the ability to protect themselves from large-scale cyberattacks, which they cannot handle. The system will offer reactive and proactive services and services related to security quality management. The system provides flexible forms of participation and partnership such as: direct participation, operational cooperation and consultative partnership.

3. Training and knowledge transfer. This activity includes conducting of two two-weeks trainings for law enforcement - Computer Forensics Training and Advanced Computer Forensics Training with participation of the following lecturers: Ray Genoa and Fergus Toolan, experts from the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Website: http://www.b2centre.com

Developing the Bulgarian National
Cybercrime Platform

1Duration: December 2011 - September 2012
2Funding:Prevention of and Fight against Crime Program (ISEC) of the European Union.
3Partners:
• General Directorate "Combating Organized Crime”(coordinator),
• International Cyber Investigation Training Academy,
• Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire (France),
• Polizia postale e delle comunicazioni - Polizia di Stato (Italy)
4Goals:
The project aims to promote and develop the coordination, cooperation and mutual understanding among law enforcement agencies, judiciaries and other national authorities and related Union bodies for prevention and fight against cybercrimes. The project was ideologically directed towards the enhancement of the administrative capacity and cybercrime revealing and investigation techniques used by law enforcement agencies and judiciaries.
5Target groups:
• Law enforcement,
• Investigators
• Prosecutors
• Judiciary
• End users, especially children and their parents.
6Description
The project was divided into two components.

The realization of the first one included a training for five experts from the Bulgarian Cybercrime, Intellectual Property and Gambling Sector within General Directorate Combating Organised Crime. They acquired and improved their skills in maintaining the Bulgarian signalization platform for countering cybercrime. Video was developed to present the most common cyberthreats for end-users. The results of Component 1 implementation were technical improvement of the Platform and its interface and training for the law enforcement officers in accordance with the French model for cybercrime signalization.

Four training seminars (Component 2) in towns of Sofia, Burgas, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo were conducted for law enforcement agencies and judiciary. The speakers were experts from Italy and France who shared their skills, knowledge and professional competencies; the experts from ICITA – Albena Spasova, President of the Management Board of ICITA, Ilona Krastenyakova, member of ICITA Management Board and prosecutor at the Supreme Prosecution Office of Cassation and Yavor Kolev, Head of Cybercrime, Intellectual Property and Gambling Sector. The total number of participants was 100.

Website: http://e-crimeacademy.com

Comparative Legal Study on the Prosecution of Intellectual Property Crimes

1Duration: August 2013 – November 2013
2Funding:U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria
3Goals:
The main goal of the project is to compare the legislation related to intellectual properties rights on national, regional and international level.
4Target groups:
• Law enforcement agencies,
• Judiciary
• Lawyers,
• Private and public sector representatives,
• Decision makers,
• Academia.
5Description
The study highlights the Art.61 of TRIPS of World Trade Organization, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and EU Directives on enforcement of IPRs. It is focused on criminal remedies, corporate criminal liability, Internet piracy, the role of intermediaries in reducing IPR crimes in Internet and the handling of massive volumes of evidence within criminal proceedings in countries with close to Bulgarian social and economic development. It represents the latest approaches in combating intellectual property crime in Internet; the pros and cons of the corporate criminal liability and analyzes the regulations and the case law in the most economically developed countries in the world such as USA, France, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Russia, and the Court of Justice of the EU, also. It was conducted by leading professionals from business, non-governmental sector, public administration, judiciary and academia – Petar Petrov, judge at Sofia City Court; Ilona Krastenyakova, prosecutor at the Supreme Cassation Prossecution, special agent Yavor Kolev, head of Cybercrime Department, SANS; Albena Spasova, President of the ICITA Management Board, Georgi Sarakinov legal scholar, expert in intellectual property law, etc.

The Comparative Study on the Prosecution of Intellectual Property Crime was presented on special event by H.E. Marcie Ries, US Ambassador to Bulgaria Filip Popov, Deputy Chairman of Legal Affairs Committee; Albena Spasova, President of the ICITA Management Board; Velizar Sokolov, ARSIS Consulting and Petar Petrov, judge at Sofia City Court in the presence of members of the Parliament from all political forces, representatives of business, public administration and academia.

Website: http://e-crimeacademy.com

Combating Cybercrime – The New Forms
of Organized Crime

1Duration: March 2010 - June 2011
2Funding: Foundation America for Bulgaria
3Goals:
The project goal was to improve law enforcement and judiciary qualifications in the field of cybercrime, to improve the level of cooperation and create a constant partnership between government, non-governmental sector and business and as follow-up – Bulgaria to become a regional centre for combating cybercrime.
4Target groups:
• Law enforcement agencies,
• Investigators,
• Prosecutors,
• Judges
5Description
During the project ICITA developed the first training program for law enforcement and judiciary on cybersecurity and combating cybercrime. 169 judges, prosecutors and police officers across the country (82 – prosecutors and investigators, 58 – judges, 28 police officers and one system administrator) were trained under the project. The program was divided into three levels covering wide range of cybercrime topics – financial frauds, Internet piracy, child pornography in Internet, basic knowledge of computer networks, different types of cybercrime, related legislation, etc.

Website: http://e-crimeacademy.com

STRENGTHENING EUROPEAN NETWORK CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN CYBERCRIME (SENTER)

1Project number: HOME/2014/ISFP/AG/7170
2Project partners:
• Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) - Lithuania
• Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE) - Lithuania
• Ekonominės Konsultacijos ir Tyrimai (EKT) - Lithuania
• Masaryk University (MU) - Czech Republic
• Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST) - Belgium
• French Cybercrime centre of Excellence (CECyF) - France
• Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) - Estonia
• University of Applied Science Albstadt-Sigmaringen (UASAS) - Germany
• International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (ICI) - Bulgaria
• Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) - Greece
• Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) - Slovenia
3Associated partners:
• States of Jersey Police - Jersey
• SBA Research - Austria
• Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Spain
• Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute – Cyprus
4Short description:
The main goal of the project is to create a single point of Reference for EU national Cybercrime Centres of Excellence (CoE) and develop further the Network of national CoE into well-defined and well-functioning community.
http://www.l3ce.eu/en/article/strengthening-european-network-centres-of-excellence-in-cybercrime/

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

STRENGTHENING EUROPEAN
NETWORK CENTRES OF
EXCELLENCE IN CYBERCRIME (SENTER)

1Project number: HOME/2014/ISFP/AG/7170
2Project partners:
• Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) - Lithuania
• Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE) - Lithuania
• Ekonominės Konsultacijos ir Tyrimai (EKT) - Lithuania
• Masaryk University (MU) - Czech Republic
• Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST) - Belgium
• French Cybercrime centre of Excellence (CECyF) - France
• Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) - Estonia
• University of Applied Science Albstadt-Sigmaringen (UASAS) - Germany
• International Cyber Investigation Training Academy (ICI) - Bulgaria
• Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) - Greece
• Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) - Slovenia
3Associated partners:
• States of Jersey Police - Jersey
• SBA Research - Austria
• Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Spain
• Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute – Cyprus
4Short description:
The main goal of the project is to create a single point of Reference for EU national Cybercrime Centres of Excellence (CoE) and develop further the Network of national CoE into well-defined and well-functioning community.
http://www.l3ce.eu/en/article/strengthening-european-network-centres-of-excellence-in-cybercrime/

AUTOMATED ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STATE OF CIS AND EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES BASED ON OPEN ACCESS SOURCES (ECOPOL)

1Project number:
2Project partners:
Vytautas Magnus University ,Mykolas Romeris University, „Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education“ (hereinafter – L3CE) ,State Security Department of the Republic of Lithuania.
3Associated partners:
4Short description:
• evaluate computer linguistics tools and technologies available for open access data analysis;
• assess the variety of methods for data gathering and analysis in order to choose the most suitable ones;
• identify and analyse the current sources of economic and political information on selected foreign countries;
• develop ontology for identification of sources promoting informational freedom or those suppressing free speech and/or democratic principles;
• develop conceptual model for automated information assessment tool.
http://www.l3ce.eu/en/article/ecopol/

Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) (Slovenia)

COURAGE: Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism European Research Agenda

1Project number: FP7-SEC- 607949
2Project partners:
Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, UNICRI, Cybercrime Research Institute, TNO, FOI, West Yorkshire Police, European Organisation for Security, Aconite, EEP, Conceptivity, Jozef Stefan Institute, Selex, Fraunhofer, Tilburg University, ICITA, Thales
3Associated partners:
4Short description:
The COURAGE project has delivered a research agenda that defines and informs the priorities for the fight against cybercrime and cyberterrorism. The agenda identifies major challenges, reveals research gaps, and recommends practical approaches to address these gaps through strategies that are aligned to the real-world world requirements of practitioners, policy makers, citizens and other stakeholder groups. These strategies are supported by test and evaluation schemes defining metrics and performance indicators used to assess the impact of actions taken as a result of the project's research roadmap. COURAGE's work was undertaken with the overall objective of defining practical, grounded approaches that will assist in supporting business and critical infrastructures, the capability of crime investigators, and enhancing the security of European society as a whole.
Duration: 2014-2016
URL: http://www.courage-project.eu

Criminal Justice Access to Digital Evidences in the Cloud - LIVE_FORensics — LIVE_FOR

1Project number: 723150 — LIVE_FOR — JUST-2015-JCOO-AG/JUST-2015-JCOO-AG-1
2Project partners:
Jozef Stefan Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Fachhochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Masaryk University, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
3Associated partners:
4Short description:
The project aims to identify the state of the art including the problems and obstacles for putting the Directive 2014/41/EU and the European Investigation Order to life, and enhance the awareness among judicial authorities about the newest scientific and educational achievements in the selected domains (live forensics in cloud computing environments).
Duration: 2016-2018
URL: http://www.live-for.eu