Cybersecurity and Technology Misuse

Current Activities

The issue of cybercrime has been a focus of UNICRI since 2004, and after years of experience, UNICRI now possesses the skills and know-how to analyze trends concerning cybercrime in its many forms. UNICRI is supported by an extensive, specialized and trusted contact network consisting of private enterprises, international organizations and NGOs, academic institutions, law enforcement bodies, governmental bodies, and other UN agencies.

A sampling of the Emerging Crimes Unit's current activities with respect to cybersecurity and technology misuse can be found below:

SECURED – SECURity at the network Edge, funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): the SECURED project proposes an innovative architecture to achieve protection from Internet threats by offloading execution of security applications into a programmable device at the edge of the network such as a home gateway or an enterprise router. It involves 28 EU Member States.

COURAGE – Cybercrime and cyberterrOrism (E)Uropean Research AGEnda, funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7): the COuRAGE consortium will deliver a measured, comprehensive, relevant research agenda for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism (CC/CT) guided by the knowledge and experience of the highly experienced and exceptionally qualified consortium (17 partners, 12 countries) and Advisory Board members (14 organisations including EUROPOL, JRC and ERA). It involves 28 EU Member States.

Impact of Cybercrime on business and Economy (ICE): the project aims to advance an understanding of the international dimension of the Cyber Dark Market Economy and its impact on licit markets; furthering potential resilience strategies and international cooperation aimed at eradicating cyber crime; bring large financial operators, major security experts, academics, small and medium enterprises face-to-face to discuss their common interests in the fight against organized cybercrime. This project has been realized with the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.

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Information Sharing and Public-Private Partnerships: Perspectives and Proposals: Sustainable cybersecurity strategies require joint flexible responses to threats and thorough, validated, judicial practices. Current debates tend to juxtapose immediate responses to cyberattacks and legislative efforts to combat overall cybercrime as an either/or dichotomy. Through this Info-Sharing project, UNICRI, is looking into national and international established channels of communication to highlight the complementary nature of legislation and security. The project will examine in particular detail the ways in which policy regulation and immediate responses to threats can interact in the sectors of banking, transport and critical infrastructure. This project has been realized with the support of GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC), in collaboration with European Electronic Crime Task Force (EECTF).

The aim of the project is to map the current landscape of cybersecurity information sharing- and the issues thereof- and to highlight the complimentary nature of legislation and security. The project will focus on the needs and demands of the banking, transport and critical infrastructure industries.

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