Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education (L3CE)
Seeking to contribute to coordinated strengthening of competences in fighting against cybercrime, taking into account the EU and national context in cybercrime Lithuanian academia together with international and industry partners have established public institution “Lithuanian Cybercrime Center of Excellence for Training, Research and Education” on 16th August of 2013 (hereinafter – L3CE, the Centre).
The cybercrime centres of excellence in EU countries provide Law enforcement with necessary knowledge, resources and training, and coordinate R&D activities in fighting Cybercrime. However, EU countries have quite different experience, knowledge, apply different methods, dispose with very uneven resources and sometimes facing with different type of cybercrime, therefore demand in different competencies may vary. Thus force the national centres of excellence to specialise in areas of the most or potential advantages.
L3CE vision is to become the leading cybercrime centre of excellence in the Baltic region, gathering and sharing the excellence, knowledge, R&D outcomes and innovation for fighting against cybercrime.
L3CE mission is to promote an efficient cooperation among academia, law enforcement and industry seeking to exploit existing knowledge and R&I tackling at secure society challenges.
Together with Lithuanian and foreign law enforcement, academia, industry and NGOs the centre is going to create, consolidate, develop and disseminate competencies in analysis of cyberspace and digital evidences, the training programmes and forensics IT tools for law enforcement as well as to support law enforcement at solution of problems related to the Centre’s competence.
Strategic goals of the Centre:
- To ensure a financial stability of the Centre.
- To support law enforcement at solution of problems related to the topic.
- To become the main focal point in the region for excellence in cybercrime.
- To develop and provide a platform for cooperation among science, business and law enforcement in fighting against cybercrime.
- To consolidate expertise and national competencies under this topic.
- To join international collaboration network and promote the Centre’s activities.
Thereby the Centre seeks to create a long-term framework, enabling a permanent development and update of competencies in cybercrime, to establish competence recognition, based on national and international standards in this area, as well as to seek a standardisation in knowledge, skills and to improve mutual understanding on cybercrime among EU countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Moreover, it will be seeking to search and develop the new innovative methods in cybercrime forensics, including those for forensics of crime on Internet of Things, to share the best practices from international 2Centre network and to adapt open source forensics IT tools, fasting investigation process.
L3CE specialisation priorities:
- Digital forensics.
- Digital intelligence.
These priorities might be extended taking into account the new challenges, collaboration results and outputs of R&I.
The main activities of L3CE:
- Development, gathering and dissemination of relevant expertise.
- Development and delivery of training programmes.
- R&D and innovation, including development or adaptation of forensics IT tools for law enforcement.
- International cooperation and networking among EU national cybercrime centres of excellence.
- Development and introduction of certification programmes on competencies and R&D in cybercrime.
Among the main activities of the Centre, there are foreseen the development and adaptation of training programmes based on methodologies and standards, approved by EUROPOL and other EU institutions, to organise the trainings and to train the representatives of law enforcement, exchange with trainers, to establish and maintain the knowledge and experts database, to develop, adapt and provide law enforcement with the IT forensics tools for digital forensics and digital intelligence, to carry out R&D and innovation as well as to apply them, to organise awareness events, disseminate and promote the Centre’s activities and results achieved. In addition, the cooperation with E.C.T.E.G. (European Cybercrime Training and Education Group) and EC3 (European Cybercrime Centre, EUROPOL) will take place.
Beside the development or adaptation of training programmes, there is going to develop the competencies and qualification recognition (certification) framework via development of new or adapting the existing recognition framework.