On 28-30 June 2011 the CEPOL Research & Science Conference 2011 took place in Madrid, Spain. The conference, hosted in the Palacio de Congresos was opened by the Director of CEPOL Dr Banfi and Spanish State Secretary of Security Mr Camacho. The 2011 edition of this annual event focused on Cyber Security, Cybercrime and Social Networks and acted as a forum to discuss the current situation of this phenomenon from different perspectives and future trends that change day by day.
The conference was organised by the Studies Cabinet of Interior Security which belongs to the Spanish Ministry of Interior with the support of Poland, Portugal and the CEPOL Research and Science Working Group.
The event was attended by 70 participants from EU Member States and experts from the USA, Switzerland, the European Network of Forensic Institutes (ENFSI), the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG), Europol and the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa). Experts from private companies such as Symantec, Telefónica and IBM also attended the conference.
The conference took place over two and a half days and addressed an array of topics including national and international approaches to the challenges posed by the evolving Cyberspace, strategy and policy implications of Social Networks, the Investigation of Cybercrime as well as the current and future needs for training in this field. Cooperation between public and private institutions was also discussed as the key element in obtaining coordinated action for fast information exchanges which would allow for allocation of appropriate resources in order to prevent and react efficiently.
Contributions from participants and experts during the discussions helped to find a common approach towards new challenges, and the conference outcomes will certainly be of great interest in the fight against cybercrime. These findings will be published in CEPOL’s European Police Research and Science Bulletin and will be available to all conference participants and experts as well as to researchers and scientists from across the EU.