In today’s world, statistics on cybercrime and electronic evidence play an essential role in the ability to quantify the threat level raised by different forms of cybercrimes and cyber-enabled crimes, to support more efficient response and allow legitimate strategic decisions of policymakers and regulators.
At the same time, the lack of centralisation, partially accessible or non-functioning reporting systems, lack of mechanism for collection of data, misinterpretation of data, protection issues and weak application in the policy-making cycle, not only impedes criminal justice authorities from having a better understanding of their own capacities and performance to deal with cybercrime and electronic evidence, but also could prevent them in understanding the level of threat and harm caused by criminal behaviour.
To respond to these challenges, the iPROCEEDS-2 project has organised the first round of workshops on cybercrime and cybersecurity trends and criminal justice statistics in Serbia and Kosovo*. The workshops served as basis for a detailed analysis on the status-quo in the countries/area in terms of the existing strategies, means of data collection and analysis of statistics related to cybercrime and collection of electronic evidence.
The two workshops presented the perfect ground for providing the participants with a benchmark to the systems in place, used to report and record cybercrime and cyber-enabled cases, trends and statistics, by comparison to international best practices and allowed them to receive advice on a methodology to implement improvement actions.
The events organised for Serbia and Kosovo* took place in April and May and are to be followed by similar workshops for the other iPROCEEDS-2 countries throughout this year.
iPROCEEDS-2 project webpage