What is Cybercrime Cyberterrorism workspace?


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Nina Olsen, CYBERCRIME workspace coordinator at nina.olesen@eos-eu.com
For issues related to the CYBERCRIME workspace send an email to at cyber-connector@eng.it


The Cybercrime workspace is the result of the collaboration between three FP7 projects: COURAGE, CAMINO, and CyberROAD. The projects, which finished in the first half of 2016, have produced individual research agendas and outcomes in addition to one consolidated research agenda and roadmap on cybercrime and cyberterrorism. The Cybercrime workspace, which includes a taxonomy, a document repository, and the consolidated roadmap, will allow experts in the field to share information dynamically and to discuss the main challenges and priorities for Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism.



COURAGE has produced a research agenda for cybercrime and cyberterrorism (CC/CT) using the expertise of the consortium partners, advisory board members and recruited expert stakeholders. The research agenda identifies the major challenges, reveals research gaps for CC/CT and recommends practical research approaches to address these gaps through strategies that are aligned to real-world needs. It also includes the design and development of a CC/CT research roadmap, with the general objective of providing support for the actual implementation of research. The COURAGE Research Agenda is supported by a detailed taxonomy which includes sub-divisions of CC/CT, as well as a document repository, both of which are accessible via the workspace.



The main goal of CAMINO (Comprehensive Approach to cyber roadMap coordINation and development) was to provide a realistic roadmap for improving resilience against cybercrime and cyberterrorism. The consortium used a holistic approach, analysing functions and capabilities addressing technical and human issues which are inter-related with legal and ethical aspects. On the human front, the project addressed a wide spectrum of players including technicians, end-users and their intermediaries, including administrators, policy makers, regulators and of course the instigators of cybercrime who in fact populate across the whole spectrum.



CyberROAD was aimed at identifying current and future issues in the fight against cybercrime and cyberterrorism in order to draw a strategic roadmap for cybersecurity research. A detailed snapshot of the technological, social, economic, political, and legal scenarios on which cybercrime and cyberterrorism are developed was delivered, as well as an analysis of cybercrime and cyberterrorism in order to identify research gaps and priorities. The research roadmap includes a comprehensive and exhaustive roadmap by research topics in the areas of technology, ethics, privacy, law, economic and society. A risk assessment and analysis methodology was also developed to rank the importance/significance of research roadmap topics.


Together, the three consortia undertook to consolidate each of their respective outputs into a single, unified and easily digestible research roadmap that can be distilled to inform future works, related policies and funding initiatives that address the challenges being faced by society due to the proliferation of cybercrime and the threat of cyberterrorism. Topics are presented across four interlinked dimensions: Technical, Human, Organisational and Regulatory, and highlight what the three projects collectively consider to be priorities for future research and practice. The Cybercrime workspace presents these findings.

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