Project

projectThe COuRAGE (Cybercrime and cyberterrOrism (E)UropeanResearch AGEnda ) project is funded by the European Commission’s seventh framework programme for research. COuRAGE will produce a research agenda for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism (CC/CT) using the expertise of the consortium partners, advisory board members and recruited expert stakeholders.

The research agenda will identify the major challenges, reveal research gaps for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism. And recommend practical research approaches to address these gaps through strategies that are aligned to real-world needs. These strategies will be supported by test and evaluation schemes. The purpose of COuRAGE is to significantly improve the security of citizens and critical infrastructures and support crime investigators.

The key challenges which need to be addressed in the Research Agenda include:-the speed of technological change; although the CC/CT regulatory, societal and technological research environment is evolving, it remains dispersed across regions and institutions; there is currently no clear strategy on the best method to address the multi-disciplinary nature of CC/CT; a lack of common terminology across disciplines hampers the multidisciplinary approach; and, research in CC/CT needs to focus on the development of concrete solutions with detailed test and evaluation solutions including complementary guidelines.

Approach

The key challenge that needs to be addressed is the speed of technological change. The regulatory, societal and technological research environment for Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism is evolving. But the environment is spread across different regions and institutions, and there is currently no clear strategy on the best method to address the multi-disciplinary nature of Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism. There is a lack of common terminology across disciplines hampers the multidisciplinary approach; and, research in Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism needs to focus on the development of concrete solutions with detailed test and evaluation solutions including complementary guidelines.
COuRAGE aims to solve this through its project approach, objectives and final roadmap.

The COuRAGE approach builds on three pillars

  1. A user centric methodology - to identify gaps, challenges and barriers based on real-world needs and experiences.
  2. An analytical and semantic approach - to deliver a taxonomy and create a common understanding of the subject with all stakeholders.
  3. A competitive and market oriented approach – to foster practical implementations of counter-measures using effective test and validation solutions.

The research agenda will be delivered through incremental steps:

  1. a taxonomical categorisation of CC/CT after 6 months
  2. an analysis of end-users’ requirements and of research gaps after 12 months
  3. a draft release of the research agenda after 18 months
  4. a final and validated research agenda, including roadmap and requirements for tests and evaluation after 24 months