European Electronic Crime Task Force

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European
Electronic Crime Task Force
Founded June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Founder
Type Information Sharing Working Group
Focus Electronic Crimes in Europe
Location
Members
  • 3 Founder Members
  • 19 Permanent Members
  • Community of Experts (more than 400 professionals)
Key people Stefano Grassi, VP Security and Safety Poste Italiane - EECTF Chairman
Mission Information Sharing and analysis of best practices against Cybercrime in European countries through a strategic alliance between LEAs, academia, international institutions and private sector entities


The European Electronic Crime Task Force (EECTF) is an information sharing initiative,[1][2][3][4] started in 2009 by an agreement[5][6][7] between United States Secret Service, Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Poste Italiane, whose mission is to support the analysis and the development of best practices against cybercrime in European countries, through the creation of a strategic alliance between public and private sectors, including Law Enforcement,[4] financial sector,[8][9] academia,[1][10][11] international institutions[12][13][14] and ICT security vendors.[15]

Accordingly, EECTF aims to help the cyber security community by:

  • Strengthening relationships between the different players;
  • Training and supporting members through sharing[12][16][17][18] expertise and knowledge;
  • Enabling an effective communication channel for information exchange;
  • Maintaining co-operation[19] on a technical and operational level.

History[edit]

The EECTF has been established on June 30, 2009 by an agreement between United States Secret Service, Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Poste Italiane, on the basis of the successful experiences of analogous ECTFs founded in USA by the Secret Service.
United States Secret Service participates through the Rome Office, the Italian Ministry of Interior participates through the Service of Postal and Telecommunications Police and Poste Italiane participates through the Information Security Department.
Initially restricted to the only Founder Members, the EECTF has been opened thereafter to the main stakeholders in cybercrime, who expressed the will to contribute to a proactive sharing of relevant information and a Permanent Members Group has been started, who gather to analyze emerging trends[20][21][22][23] in cyber-crime and discuss methodologies and techniques to combat them.

Governance[edit]

EECTF is not a legal entity, it’s a working group, created on a voluntary basis, which has been governed since its creation by the EECTF Board, made up of the three Founder Members: United States Secret Service, represented by the Special Agent in Charge of the Rome Office, Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni, represented by the Head of Service and Poste Italiane, represented by the CEO.
Poste Italiane has been chairing the EECTF Board since its birth. Chairman of the EECTF is Mr. Stefano Grassi, VP Security and Safety at Poste Italiane.
Administrative and operational activities are accomplished by the EECTF Technical Secretariat, held by Poste Italiane.

Modus Operandi[edit]

The EECTF is run via monthly meetings of a selected group of Permanent Members, quarterly open events extended to a wide Community of selected experts and continuous sharing of information relevant to the cybercrime scenario, also through dedicated specific tools.
Permanent Members are internationally acknowledged organizations, both private and public, with a broad view on prevention, analysis and contrast of electronic crimes at European level, whose competencies might represent instances coming from whole domains of interest.
Permanent Members formally commit to proactively share information with other Members of the Group in a non-competitive environment, according to a non-disclosure agreement, and to actively contribute to the EECTF life, taking part to meetings and supporting the EECTF development.
Additionally, in order to make the most out of the competencies of the whole community of the EECTF, an Expert Group has been started, which gather on a periodic basis and is restricted to only Permanent Members, focusing on technical information sharing about new threats and possible countermeasures.

Constituency[edit]

As of September 2013, constituency of the EECTF is made up of the following organizations

MEMBER SECTOR COUNTRY STATUS SINCE
ABI Lab[9] Research and Innovation Italy Permanent Member 2013
American Express[8] Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Permanent Member 2010
Bulgarian Police Law Enforcement Agencies Bulgaria Permanent Member 2011
CA Technologies ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2012
Consip Public Administration Italy Permanent Member 2013
Citibank Payment Systems and Financial Services USA Permanent Member 2011
Global Cyber Security Center Research and Innovation Italy Permanent Member 2010
Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance Public Administration Italy Permanent Member 2011
Kaspersky Great ICT Private Sector Romania / Italy Permanent Member 2011
MasterCard Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Permanent Member 2012
NTT Data ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2013
Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni - Polizia di Stato Law Enforcement Agencies Italy Founder Member 2009
Poste Italiane Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Founder Member and Chairman 2009
Romanian Police Law Enforcement Agencies Romania Permanent Member 2011
RSA - EMC2[15] ICT Private Sector USA / Italy Permanent Member 2010
Selex ES ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2013
Symantec ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2011
UniCredit Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Permanent Member 2012
UNICRI - United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute Research and Innovation Global Permanent Member 2011
United States Secret Service Law Enforcement Agencies USA Founder Member 2009
Verizon ICT Private Sector USA Permanent member 2010
Visa Europe Payment Systems and Financial Services UK Permanent Member 2011

EECTF Community and Plenary Meetings[edit]

With the aim of aggregating all the potentially valuable stakeholders, an invitation-only Community of Experts has been set up as a public interface of the Permanent Members Group, made up of acknowledged professionals and organizations who distinguished as active contributors in the field of prevention and contrast of electronic crime.
The EECTF gather in periodic Plenary Meetings, organized to focus on general trends in cybercrime and security issues of current interest. More than 10 Plenary Meetings have been organized so far, as listed below.

Plenary Meetings

I June 30, 2009 The European Electronic Crime Task Force
II[24] March 16, 2010 Successful Cybercrime Investigations
III June 24, 2010 International Funds Transfer and cooperation with LEAs
IV[25] February 10, 2011 Trends in Cybercrime and Cyberthreats: Europe and the United States
V[26] May 18, 2011 Identity theft: Malware, Botnet & Social Networking
VI November 15, 2011 Cybercrime Underground Economy
VII March 6, 2012 Advanced Persistent Threats: Attacks to Corporate Information Systems
VIII July 18, 2012 Secure Identities in Cyberspace
IX[11] November 29, 2012 Security of Innovative Payment Systems
X[27][28] April 23, 2013 CERTs and International Cooperation Networks
XI November 5, 2013 Security of Internet Payments and Online Services

Past speakers include:

Additionally, a monthly newsletter, CyberNews, is published within the Community, to point out the most relevant events and trends in the cybercrime scenario.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baldoni Roberto; Chockler Gregory (2012). Collaborative Financial Infrastructure Protection: Tools, Abstractions, and Middleware. Springer. pp. 33–34. ISBN 978-3-642-20419-7. 
  2. ^ "The 21st Century's Lexicon: E-Crime". Treccani italian encyclopedia (in Italian). 
  3. ^ European Commission. "Actions under the responsibility of Member States: Action 38 in Italy" (website). Implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe. 
  4. ^ a b "US Secret Service Establishes Second European Electronic Crimes Task Force" (Press Release). HostExploit. June 2010. 
  5. ^ "United States Secret Service signs partership agreement with Italian officials establishing the first European Electronic Crimes Taks Force" (Press Release). USSS website. July 2009. 
  6. ^ Istituto Affari Internazionali - Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale (May 2011). "Cyber Security: Europa e Italia". Italian Parliament's website (in Italian). p. 22. 
  7. ^ The European Union Pilot Project on Transatlantic Methods for handling global challenges in the European Union and United States (June 2011). "EU-U.S. Security Strategies: comparative scenarios and recommendations" (pdf document). Website of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. p. 65. 
  8. ^ a b RAND Corporation (March 2012). "Feasibility Study for a European Cybercrime Center" (pdf document). European Commission's website. p. 62. 
  9. ^ a b "Banking Research & Innovation Centre" (pdf brochure). ABI Lab's website (in Italian & English). 2014. p. 2. 
  10. ^ Maioli Cesare (2010). "Project Card: Cooperation with EECTF". University of Bologna - CIRSFID website (in Italian). 
  11. ^ a b Royal Holloway University of London (December 2012). "Dr. Gerhard Hancke speaks at European Electronic Crime Task Force event". 
  12. ^ a b "Cyber Crime: the risks for the economy and the enterprises" (Round Table Agenda). UNICRI's website. November 2013. 
  13. ^ "ITU Geneva: Poste Italiane signs a new partnership for Cybersecurity" (Press Release). Poste Italiane's website. October 2009. 
  14. ^ "ITU Geneva: Poste Italiane signs a new partnership for Cybersecurity" (Press Release). ITU IMPACT's website. October 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "RSA joins European Electronic Crime Task Force" (Press Release). DataManager's website (in Italian). February 2011. 
  16. ^ "RSA Conference Europe Announces Full Keynote Line-Up for Annual Information Security Event". Reuters. September 2011. 
  17. ^ "RSA Conference Europe Announces Full Keynote Line-Up for Annual Information Security Event". BusinessWire. September 2011. 
  18. ^ Banche e Sicurezza 2013 (June 2013). "Le strategie di protezione tra cybercrime e sicurezza fisica nelle banche e nei settori più a rischio" (Event Agenda) (in Italian). 
  19. ^ "IT Security and Frauds Working Group". ABILab's website (in Italian). 
  20. ^ "Camera: commissione Trasporti, oggi dalle 14 audizioni su sicurezza reti" (Press Release) (in Italian). ASCA. December 2012. 
  21. ^ "Public Hearing of the EECTF Chairman at the Chamber of Deputies of Italian Parliament on EECTF activities and trends of cyber security in Italy" (Video Stream). YouTube (in Italian). December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Public Hearing of the EECTF Chairman at the Chamber of Deputies of Italian Parliament on EECTF activities and trends of cyber security in Italy" (Stenographic Report). Italian Chamber of Deputies website (in Italian). December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Public Hearing of the EECTF Chairman at the Chamber of Deputies of Italian Parliament on EECTF activities and trends of cyber security in Italy" (Audio Streaming and Podcast). Italian Parliament Web Radio (in Italian). December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Poste: contro il crimine informatico oggi a Roma l'EECTF". Quotidiano Finanza (in Italian). March 2010. 
  25. ^ "EECTF work praised by Poste Italiane’s Sarmi". Post&Parcel. February 2011. 
  26. ^ "Poste Italiane: summit task-force Italia-Usa contro crimini informatici". Wall Street Italia (in Italian). May 2011. 
  27. ^ "CERT's and International Cooperation Networks". SERIT - Security Research in Italy. April 2013. 
  28. ^ "NESSoS invited presentation at EECTF 2013". NESSoS FP7 Project. April 2013. 
  29. ^ "US Ambassador to Italy, David Thorne, speaks at European Electronic Crime Task Force summit" (Press Release). US Embassy to Italy's website (in Italian). May 2011.