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Workshop Takedown Project: Cybercrime in Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks
Thursday 16 November 2017, 09:00am - 05:00pm
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Expert Workshop: Darknet, Deepweb and other Cybercrime enabling Organized Crime & Terrorits Networks

LSEC (Leaders In Security), the association of cybersecurity industry experts and partner of the European project Takedown organizes an expert workshop on the developments of the use of the internet to the benefit of crime, organized crime and terrorism. The workshop facilitates the collaboration between cybersecurity experts from Industry, Law Enforcement and Justice. With the main objective to identify and support first line practitioners in these expert domains, aim is to identify existing tools, tools under development, identify expertise developments and limitations on both end, identify points of alignments and mechanisms to improve further cooperation on a day to day basis and during specific investigations and challenges. Aim is also to identify where all partners can benefit from each other’s expertise and organizational skills, to facilitate the development of a joint platform allowing first line practitioners (both cybersecurity analysts, researchers, incident management teams, security operations analysts, police officers, investigators, justice analysts and forensic investigators, …) to identify joint tools on a European scale. These tools can include, but are not limited to investigation tools, investigation results, best practices and methods, training- and educational materials, intelligence sharing platforms.

Currently, most of the practitioners have a great deal of expertise, but are use many different practices, depending on their formation, training or level of technical expertise. In order to come to a level plain field in investigative work, standards for exchange of intelligence and the assurance of digital evidence are being debated. Many of these discussions however, are at a high industrial or policy level. Many of the first line practitioners are usually not capable of being properly informed, resulting in difficulties in communication and delays in the resolution and investigations of data breaches and criminal activities.

Closed Expert Workshop: Cybercrime in Organized Crime & Terrorist Networks

The analysis and understanding of Darknets, the Deepweb and Crypto currencies today are essential to the understanding of criminal behavior and criminal activities on the internet. Cybercriminal activities cannot easily be discovered, but by being able to understand network traffic, activities from criminals and incidents on systems, should allow to raise attention and interest. Which specific components do investigators need to look for, what information should be notified to others, prior, during and beyond investigations? Understanding the availability of the cybercrime tools and solutions on offer and the mechanisms behind the cryptocurrencies, trying to find the originators or criminal networks behind them; are a challenge to all parties involved. This makes it difficult for both Law Enforcement, Justice and Industry to identify the Kill Chain or to ‘follow the money’ while investigating potential perpetrators.

This session organized by LSEC and its Members in collaboration with TUDA, University of Leeds, AgenforMedia, Center for Security Studies, and other partners of the Takedown project aims to bring together researchers, prosecutors and investigators from law enforcement, creating an ecosystem that investigates, detects and shares information about cybercriminal activities on the Deep web, and develops capabilities in evidence gathering and using evidence for criminal prosecution.

• Darknets / Deep Web
• Cryptocurrencies
• First Line Responders
• Discovery – technical intelligence
• Information Sharing
• Evidence gathering
• Using evidence

Restricted Audience !
This workshops aims to work on resulting towards the creation of an ecosystem and joint platform (development) requirements; for developing effective and efficient security solutions against organised crime and terrorist networks. To guarantee open discussions, attendance to this workshop is invitation only. Did you not receive an invitation, and think that you could add value? You may register via the event page; we will monitor the registrations and let you know if you are accepted.

Intended audiences:
• Magistrates / prosecutors involved in Digital Crimes and OC / TN in Cybercrime
• Law Enforcement / Cybercrime LEA – investigators – team leaders – Forensic Analysts
• Cybersecurity Researchers and Analysts, Incident Management Teams, Cybersecurity Experts

Speakers are Undisclosed and include representatives from:
• Law Enforcement
• Counter terrorism & - organized crime
• Prosecutors Offices
• Cybercrime Police Units
• Researchers
• Industry research experts, darknet - deepweb analysts
• Training experts: Darkweb training for and from Law Enforcement

Practical Details & Registration:

Closed Work Group Session: Cybercrime in Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks
Thursday, 16 November from 09am till 5pm in Brussels.
A public debate will be held on Wednesday November 15th as part of the ISSE Conference in Brussels, for those arriving the day before.

Registration via the event page, LSEC will monitor the registrations; your participation is guaranteed after confirmation from the event organizers

Backgrounder & about the TAKEDOWN project
European Action against Organized Crime & Terrorist Networks

Takedown updated version2

Organized crime (OC) and terrorist networks (TN) are major threats for the European Union and its population. On the one hand, the number and value of assets confiscated from organized crime are more and more increasing in Europe, which indicates its rise in Europe and its challenge of the legal economy or tax base of many nation states. On the other hand, Europe is facing an increasing number of individuals, who are recruited as foreign fighters or for terrorist attacks within Europe. In addition, the direct implications, an atmosphere of fear is created. Additionally, the economic costs for prevention and fighting OC and TN are increasing. This is particularly relevant in times of austerity measures, when the reduction of integration programs and support of marginalized groups is increasing the boundaries between the milieus. Even in allegedly “egalitarian” societies, the entrenchment within societies is increasing and producing classes of “left-behinds” with no chance for upwards social mobility. And it is often young people with no future perspectives, who are at risk of becoming engaged in criminal organizations or in terrorist networks. It is the combination of these challenges and respective policies, which are ultimately challenging social cohesion in Europe.

Towards such field is devoted TAKEDOWN (, a European Research project, where 18 European partners (ranging from Academy, Industry and Law Enforcement Agency) aims to analyze and get a deeper knowledge on OC and TN, in order to advance the State-of-the-art and providing more effective digital and non-digital solutions for first line practitioners, law enforcement agencies and policy makers. The project is supported by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

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