As the world becomes digitized, so does the crime. The European Police Commission (Europol) in March of 2017 released its annual Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) ever. Europol is the law enforcement agency that is tasked with handling criminal intelligence and combating serious international organized crime in the European Union. SCOTA is a vital tool in Europol’s efforts to combat crime.
Comprised of more than 2,300 questionnaires regarding organized crime and investigation of more than 5,000 international groups of over 180 nationalities, the most recent SCOTA is the most comprehensive volume ever. SOCTA covers a range of criminal activities including eight priority crime threats: criminal finances, cyber crime, document fraud, drug production, migrant smuggling, online trade in illicit goods, organized property crime, and trafficking in human beings.
The Threat Presented by Cyber Crimes
SOCTA places cyber crime in the context of organized crime and serious criminal activity. Focusing on the danger presented by cyber crime and malware which steals information from a user is a priority for the European Police commission. The areas of growth that are identified by SOCTA that will require law enforcement to increase enforcement of cyber security violations include:
Conclusion of SOCTA Report
Now that SOCTA has been compiled, the report will be used by the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) policy cycle, which was established by the EU in 2010. Based on the various concerns raised in the SCOTA report, the European Police Commission plans to increase focus on alleged cyber crimes.
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