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       |contract_number=HOME/2013/ISEC/INT/4000005215
 
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       |funding_period=01/09/2014-31/08/2016
 
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      |coordinator=[[Elena Aristodemou]]
 
 
       |funding_agency=Directorate-General Home Affairs and Justice
 
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       |partners=[[Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)]]<br> [[University of Piraeus]] <br> [[CNTI]]<br> [[ADITESS]]<br> [[Mezza Group]]<br> [[CENTRIC]]
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       |lead_partner=[[Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)]]
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      |partners=[[University of Piraeus]] <br> [[Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute|CNTI]]<br> [[ADITESS]]<br> [[Mezza Group]]<br> [[CENTRIC]]
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      |fwc_coordinator=[[Elena Aristodemou]]
 
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3CE is a project co-funded by the Directorate-General Home Affairs and Justice of the European Union. The project is coordinated by the [[Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute]] (CNTI), with partners the Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications & Postal Regulation [[OCECPR]], the Office for Combating Cybercrime (OCC) of Cyprus Police, the [[European University Cyprus (EUC)]] and the Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions & Services Ltd. [[(ADITESS)]].
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'''UINFC2 - Engaging Users in Preventing and Fighting Cyber Crime'''  is a project co-funded by the Directorate-General Home Affairs and Justice with partners the [[Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)]], the [[University of Piraeus]], the [[Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute]], [[ADITESS]], [[Mezza Group]] and [[CENTRIC]]
  
 
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==Project Topic==
 
==Project Topic==
The Horizon 2020 Strategy of the EU places a high priority on the fight against the prevalence of child sexual abuse material online (the most serious form of cybercrime) and the ensuring of a better Internet for children. Similarly, the ISEC call focuses on the combating of cybercrime and suggests the development of national Cybercrime Centres of Excellence for training, research and education. Building on the abovementioned needs, Cyprus has identified a big gap in its current practices in the fight against cybercrime. Judicial personnel and other private and public officials, working in areas that can have an indirect connection to the fighting of cybercrime, lack the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to effectively perform their jobs when confronted with this topic. Additionally, Cyprus also lacks the relevant infrastructures and investigation tools to conduct effective research on cybercrime. Therefore, the establishment of the Cyprus Cybercrime Centre of Excellence is deemed to be of utmost importance for the country, especially at this moment in time that the National Cyber Security Strategy has been approved and is prioritised highly in the new Government’s agenda.
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The Council of Europe designates as a top priority for the forthcoming years the prevention and fighting of cybercrime. Currently, cybercrime presents an enormous increase in the number of incidents occur, the ferocity of the underlying attacks, as well as the targets (i.e., persons, services, entities) and the impact (both societal and economic) of the carried malicious actions. This mainly happens for three reasons: a) the growth of the Internet users, especially, young people and children using personal computers, smartphones or tablets; b) the penetration of the Internet services to our day life; and c) the latest technological achievements in ICT that enable many criminal actions to move to the Internet world, eliminating the possibility to leave evidences, as well as the emerging of new serious threats such as, online sexual solicitation of children, distribution/possession of child abusive material, etc.
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Children’s exploitation creates a massive number of evidences (sometimes hidden or distributed), which overcome the borders of a country and cannot be processed by traditional human-centric tools and methods. Moreover, such threats affect on the most sensitive part of the society, putting in danger our future. To effectively counteract these serious threats, the following initiatives should be materialized. First, devise intelligent and automated tools that may track and process, at EU or International level, illegal content exists in the network, as well as related data reside at the hot lines’ databases or maintained by LEA in order to be, timely, correlated and classified, extracting the useful information required by LEA to combat it and its sources. Second, harmonization and speed up of the procedures, followed against crimes on children’s, and cooperation among the involved stakeholders in order to identify and combat as many cases as possible, using properly their resources and enhancing their effectiveness.
  
 
==Objective==
 
==Objective==
The objectives of the 3CE project are:
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The main objectives of the project are:  
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<br>- To build and strengthen the capabilities of LEAs, asoociations, organizations and EU bodies, including the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse in order to strategically combat children’s online crimes.
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<br>- To assist LEAs in automatically detecting online illegal data from social media, blogs, underground communities etc., and determine investigation priorities.
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<br>- To introduce the latest achievements of ICT in data mining, intelligence, correlation, classification, automatic monitoring, decision making, report producing, etc., in combating crimes.
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<br>- To facilitate the formal exchange of compiled information produced by the intelligent analysis of online contents, amongst all stakeholders in order to enhance collaboration and effectively counteract crimes.
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<br>- To strengthen the mission of the recently founded European Cybercrime Center, by producing strategic reports on crimes’ trends and emerging threats in order to provide comparable statistics among Member States.
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<br> 1. To create a Cyprus Cyber Crime Center of Excellence for training, research and education that will be of similar structure and format with existing National Centers of Excellence in Europe.
 
<br> 2. To collaborate closely and become a member of 2CENTRE; the Cybercrime Center of Excellence Network, established through the funding of the ISEC programme.
 
<br> 3. To collaborate closely with the Cybercrime Centers of Excellence of other countries
 
<br> 4. To become the National Knowledge Center (NKC) in the area of Cybercrime in Cyprus responsible for training all actors working in fields related to cybercrime
 
<br> 5. To provide high quality short training courses in the area of cybercrime
 
<br> 6. To provide interdisciplinary University and Vocational Training Courses in the the area of Cybercrime
 
<br> 7. To collaborate effectively with Europol, EC3 and Eurojust
 
<br> 8. To enhance the efficiency of the identification and investigation of Cybercrime in Cyprus
 
<br> 9. To assert the needs of Cybercrime investigation in Cyprus
 
<br> 10. To link with the Cyprus Safer Internet Center (CSIC) and enhance its awareness campaigns that focus on Cybercrime
 
<br> 11. To serve as the stepping stone towards creating a sustainable infrastructure for the CenterCentre by including aligning 3CEthis project within the Cypriot Cyprus National Cyber Security Strategy.
 
  
 
==Project Participants==
 
==Project Participants==
3CE is a targeted project that entails however benefits for the whole society. The creation of the Cyprus Cybercrime Centre of Excellence will allow the country to provide training opportunities on Cybercrime to target groups that have a direct or indirect relation to it. Specifically, the target groups of the project will be:
 
 
<br> 1. Law Enforcement Agents
 
<br> 2. Judicial Personnel
 
<br> 3. Government Officials (such as personnel of the Office of Personal Data Protection)
 
<br> 4. Private Sector Officials (such as ISPs)
 
 
The above mentioned target groups will be called to participate in the short-term trainings that will be organized during the project. Additionally, Policy Makers and other relevant stakeholders will be reached during the project to participate in the Final Conference and learn about Cybercrime related issues. Moreover, University Students will be reached to participate in the developed courses on Cybercrime. Finally, the general public will be targeted through the Public Awareness Event that will be organized in the last months of the project as well as through the 3CE website, newsletters and social media presence. The estimated total number of people to be reached during the project will be 500 excluding the people that will be reached at European and International Level through the dissemination of the project to networks such as INHOPE, Insafe, CCI and EU Kids Online.
 
  
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The target groups of UINFC2 project, which are expected to participate actively in the foreseen activities are:
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<br> a) National Law Enforcement Agents (54: 2 from each Member State (MS)).
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<br> b) Members of National Hotlines (27: 1 from each MS).
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<br> c) Members of Safer Internet Programme and Inhope Network (54: 2 from each MS).
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<br> d) Member’s from Europol and EC3 (14: 10 NL, 4 BE ).
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<br> e) Researchers from cyber security & cybercrime related institutions (15: 4 UK, 6 GR, 5 CY).
  
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On the other hand the beneficiaries of the UINFC2 project are:
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<br> i) National hotlines receiving information from the public relating to illegal content on the Internet, on-line child pornography and child exploitation.
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<br> ii) National Alert Platforms relating to fighting illegal content, tackling harmful conduct online and promoting a safer online environment.
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<br> iii) Non-governmental organizations for child protection on the Internet.
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<br> iv) Members of the European program Safer Internet and Safer Internet Centers.
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<br> v) Members of International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) and the INSAFE Awareness raising network.
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<br> vi) National Law Enforcement Agencies fighting and preventing cybercrime, online child pornography and online child sexual abuse.
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<br> vii) European Law Enforcement Agencies fighting and preventing cybercrime, online child pornography and online sexual abuse.
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<br> viii) European and International platforms, information systems and networks for communication and exchange of cybercrime and online child exploitation related information and intelligence between members and authorized stakeholders.
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<br> ix) National and European Cybercrime centers of Excellence in Research, Training and Education.
  
 
==Partnership ==
 
==Partnership ==
  
The Consortium is comprised of the Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (CNTI), serving as Project Coordinator, the Office for Combating Cybercrime (OCC) of Cyprus Police, the Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications & Postal Regulation (OCECPR), the European University Cyprus (EUC) and the Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions & Services Ltd. (ADITESS). CNTI has extensive experience in managing and coordinating collaborative projects, including the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre “CyberEthics” operating since 2006. CyberEthics operates as combined Awareness Node, Hotline, and Helpline and has established collaborations with relevant key stakeholders (e.g. Ministries of Education, Interior, Justice, and Finance and Microsoft) in a campaign that aims to provide a better internet for children. CNTI participates in relevant networks such as Insafe (EU Network of Awareness Nodes and Helplines), INHOPE (international association of Hotlines), EU Kids Online (EU Network researching Internet use and risks for children) and the CCI (Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative that assists developing Commonwealth countries establish better mechanisms to fight Cybercrime). The OCC collaborates closely with the hotline and it is the backbone of the project. Its people hold necessary qualifications and authority to combat electronic crimes. The OCECPR is the National Regulatory Authority for electronic communications. It is responsible for the coordination of implementation of the Cyprus National Cyber Security Strategy. The Centre for Risk, Safety and the Environment (CERISE) of the EUC is dedicated to research. It is active in the area of Cyber Security and being Academia has the credibility together with CNTI to develop high-level training materials and curricula. ADITESS is an advanced technology company with R&D experience that is most suitable to work on the research of forensic tools and intrusion detection systems that can be used for combating Cybercrime.
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The consortium consists of six complementary partners. It comprises of two research centers, KEMEA and CENTRIC, which are related directly to cyber security and cybercrime. Both centers also carry out theoretical research and training programmes to enhance LEAs skills and are in close collaboration with their National LEAs.
 
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An academic institution (UPRC), which has considerable expertise in information, computer, and network security. UPRC has also experience in the analysis of complex systems, as well as the design and development of network-centric systems, innovative services, and intelligent processing algorithms.
 
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A non-profit, non-Governmental independent organization active in programs with orientation in areas related to humans (CNTI) and partner of the Safer Internet Programme in Cyprus. CNTI is an experienced promoter of the safer Internet use, addressing not only the issues of child pornography, but also the inappropriate use of persons’ private data.
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Two European SMEs (ADITESS and MEZZA) with extensive experience in innovative software development, web solutions, Internet marketing, social media content analysis and knowledge management platforms.
  
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The synthesis of the consortium, both geographically, but also in terms of skills, expertise and competencies, ensures that:
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<br>- Citizens’ requirements on reporting illegal and/or suspicious activities on the Internet, as well as LEA’s requirements on collecting, filtering, analyzing and correlating open source intelligence will be considered.
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<br>- Platform’s design and implementation will meet these requirements and allow for seamless and efficient exchange of information and cooperation between LEAs (National & EU), national alerting platforms, hotlines, Europol and European Cybercrime Center.
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<br>- Extensive dissemination network will be set up, including National hotlines and alerting platforms, National and EU LEAs, European cybercrime platforms, and cybercrime prevention and fighting research institutions.
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:12, 26 May 2017

UINFC2
UINFC2
Contract Title Engaging Users in Preventing and Fighting Cyber Crime - UINFC2
Contract Number HOME/2013/ISEC/INT/4000005215
Funding Period 01/09/2014-31/08/2016
Funding Agency Directorate-General Home Affairs and Justice
Total Cost 544,745.56
Lead Partner Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)
Partners University of Piraeus
CNTI
ADITESS
Mezza Group
CENTRIC
FWC coordinator(s) Elena Aristodemou
Website www.uinfc2.eu]



UINFC2 - Engaging Users in Preventing and Fighting Cyber Crime is a project co-funded by the Directorate-General Home Affairs and Justice with partners the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), the University of Piraeus, the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute, ADITESS, Mezza Group and CENTRIC


Project Topic

The Council of Europe designates as a top priority for the forthcoming years the prevention and fighting of cybercrime. Currently, cybercrime presents an enormous increase in the number of incidents occur, the ferocity of the underlying attacks, as well as the targets (i.e., persons, services, entities) and the impact (both societal and economic) of the carried malicious actions. This mainly happens for three reasons: a) the growth of the Internet users, especially, young people and children using personal computers, smartphones or tablets; b) the penetration of the Internet services to our day life; and c) the latest technological achievements in ICT that enable many criminal actions to move to the Internet world, eliminating the possibility to leave evidences, as well as the emerging of new serious threats such as, online sexual solicitation of children, distribution/possession of child abusive material, etc. Children’s exploitation creates a massive number of evidences (sometimes hidden or distributed), which overcome the borders of a country and cannot be processed by traditional human-centric tools and methods. Moreover, such threats affect on the most sensitive part of the society, putting in danger our future. To effectively counteract these serious threats, the following initiatives should be materialized. First, devise intelligent and automated tools that may track and process, at EU or International level, illegal content exists in the network, as well as related data reside at the hot lines’ databases or maintained by LEA in order to be, timely, correlated and classified, extracting the useful information required by LEA to combat it and its sources. Second, harmonization and speed up of the procedures, followed against crimes on children’s, and cooperation among the involved stakeholders in order to identify and combat as many cases as possible, using properly their resources and enhancing their effectiveness.

Objective

The main objectives of the project are:
- To build and strengthen the capabilities of LEAs, asoociations, organizations and EU bodies, including the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse in order to strategically combat children’s online crimes.
- To assist LEAs in automatically detecting online illegal data from social media, blogs, underground communities etc., and determine investigation priorities.
- To introduce the latest achievements of ICT in data mining, intelligence, correlation, classification, automatic monitoring, decision making, report producing, etc., in combating crimes.
- To facilitate the formal exchange of compiled information produced by the intelligent analysis of online contents, amongst all stakeholders in order to enhance collaboration and effectively counteract crimes.
- To strengthen the mission of the recently founded European Cybercrime Center, by producing strategic reports on crimes’ trends and emerging threats in order to provide comparable statistics among Member States.


Project Participants

The target groups of UINFC2 project, which are expected to participate actively in the foreseen activities are:
a) National Law Enforcement Agents (54: 2 from each Member State (MS)).
b) Members of National Hotlines (27: 1 from each MS).
c) Members of Safer Internet Programme and Inhope Network (54: 2 from each MS).
d) Member’s from Europol and EC3 (14: 10 NL, 4 BE ).
e) Researchers from cyber security & cybercrime related institutions (15: 4 UK, 6 GR, 5 CY).

On the other hand the beneficiaries of the UINFC2 project are:
i) National hotlines receiving information from the public relating to illegal content on the Internet, on-line child pornography and child exploitation.
ii) National Alert Platforms relating to fighting illegal content, tackling harmful conduct online and promoting a safer online environment.
iii) Non-governmental organizations for child protection on the Internet.
iv) Members of the European program Safer Internet and Safer Internet Centers.
v) Members of International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) and the INSAFE Awareness raising network.
vi) National Law Enforcement Agencies fighting and preventing cybercrime, online child pornography and online child sexual abuse.
vii) European Law Enforcement Agencies fighting and preventing cybercrime, online child pornography and online sexual abuse.
viii) European and International platforms, information systems and networks for communication and exchange of cybercrime and online child exploitation related information and intelligence between members and authorized stakeholders.
ix) National and European Cybercrime centers of Excellence in Research, Training and Education.

Partnership

The consortium consists of six complementary partners. It comprises of two research centers, KEMEA and CENTRIC, which are related directly to cyber security and cybercrime. Both centers also carry out theoretical research and training programmes to enhance LEAs skills and are in close collaboration with their National LEAs. An academic institution (UPRC), which has considerable expertise in information, computer, and network security. UPRC has also experience in the analysis of complex systems, as well as the design and development of network-centric systems, innovative services, and intelligent processing algorithms. A non-profit, non-Governmental independent organization active in programs with orientation in areas related to humans (CNTI) and partner of the Safer Internet Programme in Cyprus. CNTI is an experienced promoter of the safer Internet use, addressing not only the issues of child pornography, but also the inappropriate use of persons’ private data. Two European SMEs (ADITESS and MEZZA) with extensive experience in innovative software development, web solutions, Internet marketing, social media content analysis and knowledge management platforms.

The synthesis of the consortium, both geographically, but also in terms of skills, expertise and competencies, ensures that:
- Citizens’ requirements on reporting illegal and/or suspicious activities on the Internet, as well as LEA’s requirements on collecting, filtering, analyzing and correlating open source intelligence will be considered.
- Platform’s design and implementation will meet these requirements and allow for seamless and efficient exchange of information and cooperation between LEAs (National & EU), national alerting platforms, hotlines, Europol and European Cybercrime Center.
- Extensive dissemination network will be set up, including National hotlines and alerting platforms, National and EU LEAs, European cybercrime platforms, and cybercrime prevention and fighting research institutions.