Yesterday the Spanish National Police Commissioner Ignacio Cosidó Gutiérrez and the Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) Troels Oerting opened a 10 day intensive cybercrime course held at the Spanish Police Academy in Avila. Over the next two weeks, 37 cybercrime experts from law enforcement agencies in 22 different countries will receive high level training and education in the prevention, detection and disruption of advanced cybercrime targeting individuals, companies, governments and academia. The practical course is the finalization of 9 week online training program through which the cybercrime experts have been challenged by trainers from University College Dublin and experts from Cybercrime Divisions from Norway, Germany, Spain and Lithuania. This course is the second annual course offered by EC3 in the area of cybercrime. EC3 also offers a similar advanced course every year on Child Sexual Abuse online held in Selm, Germany.
Troels Oerting, Head of EC3 says: “This high-level training course held in impressive surroundings offered by the Spanish Police is an important contribution to the improved readiness in many countries to prevent and combat cybercrime. We need all hands on deck in order to match the overwhelming crime perpetrated in cyberspace by organised criminal networks and we need real experts in order to be able to detect, identify and hunt down these criminals. Today we have 37 more cybercrime experts joining the growing group of cyber cops and more will follow. We might have started a bit late - but we are catching up fast, and will continue to invest in this area to do our part in keeping the Internet open and transparent but also safe”.
He is echoed by the Spanish National Police Commissioner: “International police cooperation, capacity building, public-private partnership and a network of specialised police officers are key elements in the fight against cybercrime. The Spanish National Police will continue the successful collaboration with EC3 not only by hosting this course but also by supporting operational cases such as “Operation Ransom”, the first police investigation against police ransomware malware. A case led by the Spanish National Police where the collaboration with EC3 was of paramount importance”.