Euromed Experts gathered in France to work on Cybercrime

Last week, the Project Euromed Police IV gathered experts from its Southern-Partner Countries in Paris as part of an exchange dedicated to the fight against cybercrime. This meeting focused on one of the five Essential Priority Areas identified in the project strategy for a better cross-border cooperation of Euro-Mediterranean police services.

Cybercrime is a major challenge of our time due to its international scope, but also because of the legal difficulties of attributing this type of criminal offence to an individual. The protection of Internet users, who are vulnerable to the exponential threat of fraud and cyber-attacks, remains a priority for the police services as they strive to establish and spread good practices for their own safety. Therefore, information-sharing and good coordination between those services are essential to facilitate Internet investigations.

Hence, the main objective of this Euromed exchange was to promote a better understanding of investigation procedures between the partner countries, but also to present the various French services and parties involved in the fight against cybercrime. Experts from seven Southern Partner Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) were present during this week of exchange moderated by Mr. Christian Aghroum – former head of the French Anti-Cybercrime Office. The Directorate of International Cooperation of the National Police (DCI), representing France in a European consortium implemented by Civipol Conseil, was also involved in its organization

During five days, the experts actively participated in this exchange by presenting, on the one hand, the issues, challenges and good practice of their respective countries in the fight against cybercrime, and, on the other hand, by exchanging ideas with the different authorities involved in this matter in France. The program put the emphasis on the investigation services (police, gendarmerie and customs), without however neglecting the judicial aspect, especially with Mrs Myriam Quemener’s intervention, Advocate General of the Paris Court of Appeal who specializes in the fight against cybercrime. Furthermore, the participation of the National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties (CNIL) brought forward the Data Protection issue in a complementary fashion with the safety aspect. Finally, the private sector, which has become an essential partner of the police services, was also represented by the social-networks giant, Facebook.

At the end of a highly instructive week, the experts attending the activity reached agreement about several observations, but also regarding various lines of work to be broadened in the context of actions that will be implemented in the coming months.

On this basis, it has been noted that a training dedicated to malware analysis will be co-organized with the Tunisian General Directorate for National Security in May 2019.

In addition to these guidelines, the participants used this immersion week in Paris to reinforce existing personal links between parties involved in the fight against cybercrime on both sides of the Mediterranean.