Euro-cops get crash course in fighting cybercrime

European police officers are completing an intensive training course

A collection of high-ranking police officers are being trained in how to tackle increasingly advanced cyber threats at a two-week event hosted by Europol.

Some 37 officers from 22 countries will attend the event, which has been arranged by the Spanish Police Academy in Avila.

The cops will receive “high level training and education” in the “prevention, detection and disruption of advanced cybercrime targeting individuals, companies, governments and academia”.

The two-week event follows a nine-week online training session, and is intended to improve investigation of international incidents.

“This high level training course […] is an important contribution to the improved readiness in many countries to prevent and combat cybercrime. We need all hands on deck in order to match the overwhelming crime perpetrated in cyberspace by organised criminal networks and we need real experts in order to be able to detect, identify and hunt down these criminals,” said Troels Oerting, the head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.

“Today we have 37 more cybercrime experts joining the growing group of cyber cops and more will follow. We might have started a bit late – but we are catching up fast, and will continue to invest in this area to do our part in keeping the internet open and transparent but also safe.”

Spanish National Police commissioner Ignacio Cosidó Gutiérrez said that a united front is key to successful anti-cybercrime campaigns.

“International police co-operation, capacity building, public-private partnership and a network of specialised police officers are key elements in the fight against cybercrime,” he said.

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