the Commission is working on establishing a European Cybercrime Center by 2013

In line with the recent Internal Security Strategy, the Commission is working on establishing a European Cybercrime Center by 2013. This Center will strengthen cybercrime capabilities, provide investigative support and foster cooperation between law and non-law enforcement partners.


Higher criminal sanctions
To deal more efficiently with the growing number of large-scale and highly sophisticated cyber attacks, the Commission put forward in 2010 a proposal for a Directive on attacks against information systems. The main novelty of the proposal is the criminalisation of the use, production and sale of tools (now mostly known as “botnets”) to commit attacks against information systems. The proposal is now being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council.
Operational cooperation
In line with the recent Internal Security Strategy, the Commission is working on establishing a European Cybercrime Center by 2013. This Center will strengthen cybercrime capabilities, provide investigative support and foster cooperation between law and non-law enforcement partners. An important task of the Center will be the pooling of reports on cybercrimes committed in different EU States by linking national and European police IT systems. It will also be responsible for training.
The participation of all relevant actors is crucial in the fight against cybercrime. Therefore, the Commission has stepped up dialogue with the private sector, which controls a large part of information infrastructures. Concrete recommendations concerning operational cooperation between police authorities and private operators have also been approved in 2008 and 2010.
Better protection

Similarly to the “crime” aspects of cyber attacks, the “security” aspects are at the core of EU action. This is reflected, for instance, in the Commission’s initiative on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP), which highlighted the need to secure our information systems (COM(2009) 149 and its latest assessment COM(2011) 163).
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) is involved in supporting exchanges of good practices between EU States.