A European cybercrime centre should be considered to coordinate efforts tackling the problem across Europe, the European Council has said.
During a meeting last week, the council urged the European Commission to set up a feasibility study for a European cybercrime centre, which would carry out the cybercrime provisions laid out in the Stockholm Programme. The programme, a series of 170 initiatives designed to improve European policing and security, aims to crack down on gangs that are using new technologies to commit crime.
“This feasibility study should consider, in particular, the aim, scope and possible financing of the centre and whether it should be located at Europol,” according to a European Council document.
The centre would be responsible for encouraging information sharing between European police forces and training police, the judiciary, prosecutors and forensics teams to an appropriate level to carry out cybercrime investigations, the council said.
In addition, it would liaise between different European cybercrime bodies, including the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) and Interpol. Enisa already operates as an information-sharing organisation, but the council says the remit of a cybercrime centre would be wider and encourage the adoption of a common policing approach that could help with swift action against domain names of sites used for attacks and fraud.