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iOCTA (Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment) Executive Report 2014


The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol is pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 iOCTA (Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment). The 2014 iOCTA delivers a set of recommendations for law enforcement to successfully address the evolving and trans-national nature of cybercrime in a diverse and flexible manner. Awareness raising, capacity building, standardisation of practices and procedures, international and cross-border cooperation, exchange of relevant information and intelligence, development of adequate and harmonised legislation, and the dismantling and disruption of the criminal infrastructures behind illicit online services online are among these proposals.

The report also highlights the important role that Europol's EC3 can play in the fight against cybercrime by providing a platform for the exchange of information and intelligence, as a source of technical and tactical expertise and by providing the support and coordination required for the joint, multi-national operations that modern cybercrime investigations demand.

The 2014 iOCTA is EC3's flagship strategic product. The report informs decision makers at the policy, strategic and tactical levels about on-going developments and emerging threats in the field of cybercrime, affecting governments, businesses and citizens in the EU. The report will contribute towards the setting of priorities, in the context of the EU Policy Cycle against serious organised crime, for the Operational Action Plan for 2015 in the three cybercrime sub-areas: cyber-attacks, online child sexual exploitation and payment fraud.

Benefiting from its central position in supporting EU law enforcement in combating cybercrime, Europol's EC3 based the iOCTA on contributions from Member States and subject matter expertise from EC3 and other Europol departments. The work was further enhanced with input from the private sector and academia.

The joint INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference, starting on 1 October 2014 in Singapore, will provide the first opportunity for representatives from law enforcement, the private sector, academia and international organizations to discuss their cooperation in the light of the iOCTA findings and recommendations.

Download the 2014 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) from the Europol website

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