EAST Development Director Rui Carvalho will represent EAST at Europol’s Advisory Group on Financial Services, an advisory group to the Programme Board of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). In the context of the cross-border fight against cybercrime the purpose of the advisory group is to:
- bring knowledge and expertise to the Programme Board on the impact of cybercrime on financial services and on how this sector and law enforcement can cooperate in the prevention and combating of cybercrime;
- update and share all relevant information and expertise on developments in the area of cybercrime that affect financial services;
- assist the Programme Board in defining priorities for the work of EC3 in this area, including by advising on the cooperation with the financial services and on developing concepts for enhanced prevention;
- advise the Programme Board on increasing the sharing/exchange of information between law enforcement and financial services.
EAST has worked closely with Europol since 2004 and in 2015 Europol and EAST signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen the partnership.
EAST Executive Director Lachlan Gunn said: “I am delighted that EAST can support Europol in the Advisory Group on Financial Services, a further development of our strategic partnership. Since 2015, and in addition to the normal operation of our National Member and Expert Group meetings, EAST has supported Europol at five strategic payment card fraud meetings in Asia, most recently in May in Vietnam, and also at similar meetings in The Hague and in Colombia. We have also presented at three Europol Trainings on Payment Card Fraud Forensics, most recently in June at the Spanish National Police Academy.”