74 Investigators, forensic experts, and trainers for future police officers joined the 4th Edition of the Europol Training Course on Payment Card Fraud Forensics and Investigations at the Spanish National Police Academy in Ávila, Spain.
Today took place the closing ceremony of the annual course in which Europol trained more than 200 international students in this field since 2015. Cryptocurrencies, ATM malware, forensic tools examining skimming equipment, NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, EU regulation in non-cash payment, data breaches or cyberattacks are only a few of the topics addressed by the 33 speakers from different law enforcement agencies, the European Commission, Europol and bodies from the private sector and academia.
Since last Monday, 25th June, over 70 participants from 27 countries from the European Union and third parties (Iceland, Gibraltar, Montenegro, Moldova, Canada, Ukraine and South Korea) participated in presentations, workshops, and had the chance to network with key actors in the area of payment fraud: the Santander Group, S21sec, TrendMicro, Mastercard, Loyalty Fraud Prevention Association, Western Union or EAST.
As part of Europol, the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) presented several joint actions in coordination with the Member States and the private sector. Various representatives from the Spanish authorities stressed the importance of international training supported by Europol to strengthen networking in future investigations, as well as the importance of joining efforts between police forces and the private sector since proper training and updating of law enforcement, always increase the level of response against cybercrime.
In 2010 the European Union set up a four-year Policy Cycle to ensure greater continuity in the fight against serious international and organised crime.In 2017 the Council of the EU decided to continue the EU Policy Cycle for the 2018 - 2021 period. It aims to tackle the most significant threats posed by organised and serious international crime to the EU. This is achieved by improving and strengthening cooperation between the relevant services of EU Member States, institutions and agencies, as well as non-EU countries and organisations, including the private sector where relevant. Payment card fraud is one of the priorities for the Policy Cycle.