Press Release

18 August 2014

Professor Robin Bryant, Director of Criminal Justice Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University, has been awarded funding by the EU to help improve international co-operation in the fight against Cybercrime.

The project will analyse existing international co-operation methods and procedures used by countries that are members of one or more of the networks managed by Interpol, the Council of Europe and the countries within the G7. It will specifically look at how contact between countries can be guaranteed on a 24 hours a day, seven days a week basis in order to keep-up with the fast-paced world of cybercrime.

Professor Bryant will speak with those at the sharp end of investigations and prosecutions on the role of 24/7 Points of Contact, including relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of their systems for international co-operation on cybercrime and collecting electronic evidence.

The report will seek to identify the advantages and disadvantages of the current practices of Interpol, G7 and the Council of Europe in providing 24/7 support. It will also demonstrate best practice and offer recommendations as to how countries can best work together to ensure continual contact and immediate support to prevent and detect cybercrime and collect electronic evidence.

Professor Bryant explained: “The project is specifically targeted to improve the efficiency of 24/7 law enforcement contact points for cybercrime within the existing Council of Europe, G7 and Interpol networks.

“It will support the co-operation between experts and law enforcement authorities on understanding and combating cybercrimes, such as cyber-attacks, online fraud, identity theft and related crime, and illegal trade on the Internet. And further promote and develop co-ordination, co-operation and mutual understanding among law enforcement agencies.  

“There are no traditional borders in Cybercrime. The investigations almost always involve international enquiries to identify and recover evidence held in foreign jurisdictions. They can range from simply identifying the allocation of an IP address by an Internet Service Provider in another country, to the need to identify the source of an attack from a foreign jurisdiction. The trail often leads through many countries.

“The rapid growth in digital technology provides huge challenges to criminal justice systems in attempting to identify criminal offenders and recover evidence of electronic crimes. If current legal procedures are followed 'to the letter' vital evidence is increasingly likely to be deleted before it can be preserved and recovered, so a new approach to the issue is needed.

“Communication between countries and agencies operating in a 24/7 service is designed to help police in investigations that cross borders, but these systems have their advantages and disadvantages. This project will identify the issues and obstacles that still remain and provide recommendations for an improvement in the efficiency of international cooperation and 24/7 Points of Contact in particular.

“Not only will the project provide activities and results that will be of substantial benefit at the EU level and beyond, it will enable countries to examine their current processes and procedures and seek to make improvements. It will provide an invaluable resource in identifying the benefits and disadvantages of current system, encourage international debate as to how the current regimes may be improved and possibly identify the need for new national and international legislation and procedures for international cooperation.”

The project: Effective 24/7 Points of Contact for international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence: promotion of good practices, will last for two years. It is being led by Professor Robin Bryant, Director of Criminal Justice Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University, in association with the High Court of Cassation (Romania), Interpol, Council of Europe and the Turkish National Police.

Notes to Editor

  • Professor Robin Bryant is also a Special Advisor to the Board of the European Cybercrime Education and Training Group. He has extensive experience of successful project management and participation on Falcone, Agis and ISEC training programmes for cybercrime investigation.
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