Europol conference to focus on digital forensics

News by Doug Drinkwater

Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) is to hold a conference on “cyber R&D” at its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands on 9 June, in a bid to stimulate ideas on digital forensics.

The conference will bring together digital forensics experts from law enforcement services of EU member states as well as accredited representatives of the EU industry, academia and research centres. “The aim is to facilitate the initiation of joint R&D projects that deliver state-of-the-art digital analysis tools and products that will support the forensic investigations of tomorrow,” reads a Europol release.

Conference attendees must be accredited representatives of law enforcement and the R&D community only. Further information can be obtained by email at

This conference follows on from the European Commission's work in establishing the ‘Horizon 2020 Programme' for the funding of innovative projects. Under the title 'Secure Societies', specific calls have been published to invite the submission of proposals for the development of digital forensic products and other tools required to fight cyber-crime, crimes committed via the internet and internet-related forms of violent extremism/terrorism.

In 2014, Europol/EC3 established the Forensic Experts Forum (FEF) to bring together practitioners in this domain and to coordinate their demand for new tools and products. In previous FEF meetings, the priorities of the digital forensic community were listed and these topics will be presented at the upcoming conference.

The aim is to facilitate the establishment of a consortia of partners that can jointly apply for Horizon 2020 funding with projects which address the prioritised needs of EU law enforcement for new forensic processing tools.

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