CEPOL Cybercrime Academy inaugurated

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13 June 2019

We are proud to announce that the CEPOL Cybercrime Academy has been officially inaugurated today in Budapest, by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training CEPOL, in the presence of a number of high-level guests and speakers, including Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, Dr. Sandor Pinter as well as Director for Security at the European Commission, Mr Laurent Muschel.

The Academy is equipped with state of the art hardware and software, fully configured to train simultaneously up to 100 participants.

CEPOL has identified cybercrime as its Key Priority for the upcoming years. Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing forms of crime. The European Union is fully aware of the increasing impact of cybercrime, and the need to protect cyberspace from incidents, malicious activities and misuse has become crucial for the functioning of our societies and economies. Developing the necessary knowledge and expertise in law enforcement authorities across Europe is key in addressing the evolving challenge of cybercrime.

Speaking at the opening event, CEPOL’s Executive Director, Dr.h.c. Detlef Schröder underlined that:

All electronic learning cannot replace the learning experience in a group of officers from different countries from the same profession in a classic training setting. This Academy will enable that we can offer to our Member States the required training on a by far higher scale.

Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, Dr Sandor Pinter underlined his pride that Hungarian authorities could contribute to the launch of the CEPOL Cybercrime Academy by offering it its training centre premises in Budapest:

We are proud to contribute to the foundation of the Academy. This is a very important investment in our future.

European Commission Director for Security, Mr Laurent Muschel, further stated that CEPOL will play a key role in implementing EU internal security policies:

We cannot afford to continue business as usual: we need to maximise our collective effort to make law enforcement action fit for today’s reality and the CEPOL Cybercrime Academy is one important step in that direction.

Dynamic and continuous support for cyber training is strongly needed

– underlined Mr Mihai-Valentin Bobescu, Undersecretary of State of the Romanian Ministry of Interior, representing the Council Presidency:

We are excited to visit today premises of the Academy where our cyber experts will be trained.

Whereas, the Deputy Executive Director of Europol, Mr Luis de Eusebio stressed in the spirit of enhanced cooperation already in place, that both his Agency and EC3 – European Cybercrime Centre will provide continuous support to the new Academy of CEPOL.

The Opening Ceremony was preceded by the workshop on cybercrime training governance model, needs assessment and competency framework, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs. Whereas CEPOL offered its Management Board Members a debate with experts on the key future digital challenges for law enforcement.



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